Honor Killing Dad Gets 34 Years in Prison at Emotional Hearing

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Just back from downtown Phoenix's county courthouse, where Faleh Almaleki has been sentenced to 34 1/2 years behind bars for the 2009 murder of his daughter Noor and near-murder of another woman.

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Faleh Almaleki: "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

​We'll be writing in more detail about the dramatic hearing for next week's print edition of New TImes, but suffice to say that it was memorable for all in attendance.

The 50-year-old Glendale truck driver will be given credit for about 18 months already served in jail, and will not be eligible for release until he's about 80 years old.

The hearing included a short outburst by Marwan Khalaf, who was Noor's boyfriend when Faleh ran her and Amal Khalaf (Marwan's mother) down with his Jeep Cherokee in a Peoria parking lot. Khalaf had to be subdued by sheriff's deputies, and was escorted from the courtroom as his mother sobbed in the front row of the packed spectators gallery.

Judge Roland Steinle became choked with emotion as he expounded for more than 20 minutes about the case, which he deemed the most difficult in his six-plus years on the Superior Court bench.

The judge invoked the following names (plus many more) before he imposed sentence: Jesus Christ, the Prophet Mohammed, Gandhi, Buddha, Clarence Darrow, the Sufi Poets, John Adams, the Chicago 7, Leopold and Loeb.

Actually, much of what Steinle had to say was profound, including this characterization of the Iraqi-born defendant, who escaped with his family to the United States from Saddam Hussein's oppressive regime and became a citizen here.

"To me, [you] became Saddam Hussein in Phoenix," the judge said.

Again, the sentencing in this tragic case, which we wrote about in an extensive piece last year -- here you go -- is worth spending some more time on,. So take a peek at our print edition next week.

 

 

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Cory
Cory

This is a sad story, and not a 1 time incedent as after searching Honor Killing, way to many getting killed by their own families.  I do believe this was an apparent honor killing.  I watched the documentary on tv tonight, and I still can't believe the jury only convicted him of 2nd degree.  I mean there was a witness who heard him reving his engine ust before darting from the other side of the parking lot.  Not to metion all the athoritarian parenting (expecting her to go back and marry who he said) I mean come on this is 2012 now.  Sadly, even her own family is just as guilty, her own brothers couldn't even talk about this without spuing "...it's our life"...  Well that punk should be forced to do stuff  too.  All Noor wanted was to live life the American way, she deserved so much better.  As for the comments about her being a "disobediant daughter" well, she was a young adult at the age of 20 when he MURDERED HER.  So HE HAD NO RIGHT TO INFRINGE ON HER!!  I PERSONALLY HOPE HE LIVES FOR A VERY VERY LONG TIME IN PRISON...FURTHERMORE, ALL THESE MUSLIM, INDIE,ARABIAN WHATEVER WHEN THEY COME TO AMERICA THEY NEED TO CHECK THEIR RELIION AT THE DOOR IF IT INFRINGES ON ANOTHER'S RIGHTS  even if it is part of their family they have their own individual rights too!!...THIS IS AMERICA.  I chose to find an article related to this case that I could read viewers opinions about after watching the story on a investigative report on tv.  Although all I found was this article that discussed his sentencing.  How sad first of all I have to say with all the racist hate in the world, my personal thought are our world should come to an end as th Myans say, most of the population dosn't deserve to exist anymore way to much hate.  RIP Noor, I hope you find the peace and independence you sought in heaven.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Leaving aside the acrimony of the other posts, I'll just say that this SOB deserved what he got. Now someone should start a pool to estimate how long he survives in prison. I doubt he'll make it anywhere near the length of the stated sentence.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["Khalaf had to be subdued by sheriff's deputies,.."] Makes me wonder if MCSO demanded proof of citizenship....

Although I understand the written law of our country and it's intent I really think this guy should be splitting rocks every day for the rest of his life, if not simply left to be killed by someone in the prison population.

Any person who is willing take the life of their child, deserves not to live any kind of normal life. That person should be subjected to treatment similar to that he has given to his child.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Our country is showing the Muslim community that "HONOR KILLINGS" is not acceptable in this country. This is not the Middle East. Therefore, Muslim laws does not apply here. So if you Muslim men want to kill your own wife, daughter, sister etc. Because they are being (ahem) rebellious and sexual or in that murderer's own words: "too westernized". Then you're gonna have to pay for your senseless crime and serve quality time. Otherwise, do not emigrate here if you find our laws "prejudiced" against your beliefs. This case is exemplies a bonefide justice for a DISHONORABLE KILLING of such a beautiful girl.Glad to hear Justice was served.

Huggy Bear
Huggy Bear

I also don't call this an honor killing. I know what "honor killing" means. I do think the man who killd his daughter Noor should be executed in the same fashion he executed her.

Honor killing or not, the killing is inexcusable. And I certainly don't subscribe to cultural relativism BS. There is either civility based on a human's sovereign individual rights or there is not.

Steven
Steven

What a prick...........just another authoritarian parent who couldn't keep their kid under lock and key, so they just went right out and killed 'em.

With that said, if there was any anti-Muslim bias here, it should be condemned, because not all Muslims are like this guy.

{P.S. my sincere sympathies go to Noor's mother, boyfriend, and all other significant other's other than the father who I hope rots in prison for the rest of his life.}

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

Well said.

No one is claiming this was an honor killing, other than some jackass of a lazy journalist who realizes its easier to conjure up images of evil Muslims out to kill innocent girls than it is to capture the nuances of how a father - any father - could kill his beautiful, but rebellious, daughter.

When a white man kills his daughter because she got pregnant, or because she is dating a black man, or because she is both, does Rubin call that man an "honor killing dad?"

Of course not, because while a small number of fathers of all race and creed kill their children, it is only the Muslim against whom the blood libel of "honor killing" works.

Read the comments here, whether by design or recklessness, Rubin has stoked the flames of prejudice and hate - all because he was too lazy to work the story properly. Where journalism was needed, Rubin gave us sensationalism - and hate.

Never forget that Rubin traffics in hate.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Kit, I believe this murder was characterized as an 'honor killing' by pretty much every media outlet in the state at the time of it's occurrence. I'm not sure why you are using this venue as a "I hate Paul Rubin" track.... The story is about a man who killed his daughter, regardless of motivation. The judge, who listened to the trail and handed down sentencing, also made references to cultural/religious beliefs... Your comments are normally more logical...

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

@Tommy Collins

Your comment is well stated, so please allow me to respond to the three key components so as to clarify my position.

1) First and foremost, I do not hate Paul Rubin. To the contrary, I have been a fan of his for a long time. His is a storied (pun intended) career, the likes of which few in AZ reporting will ever achieve. However, there have been times of late when he has simply screwed the pooch, so to speak. Besides his childish anti-criticism rants (including writing to one poster "fuck-you" and "here's a one-finger salute") he's botched key stories, mostly through laziness and transparently biased reporting. Contrast this reporting with that done on Puroll. It's as if a ghost writer was called in. Indeed, Rubin that's not a bad way of describing this reporting: Rubin is just calling it in.

2) Honor killings are real, horrible crimes. However, they are not simply the acts of an angry man killing a disobedient daughter. An honor killings occurs when a person believes, as does the local community, that the killing is not only justified, but required, to restore and reclaim lost honor. That ain't so here. The killer never claimed he was justified and, more importantly, the community (especially the Muslim community) neither felt his family had lost honor nor that his actions restored any honor. And that is the point: when used loosely, as done by Rubin, "honor killing" is just code speak for "those fucking Muslims kill their own children, they are an evil, subhuman breed whom we should fear and fight." By using honor killing in such a lazy, sensationalist manner Rubin has fed the racists and increased anti-Muslim sentiment. And he did so for the most base of reasons: because it was easier to invoke a racial stereotypes of evil Muslims than to deal properly with the story. Can you imagine the cringe-factor every Muslim feels when reading "honor killing dad," knowing how much more difficult their lives just became as they deal with the rednecks in Arizona?

3) And that brings us to the final point: I don't care what the PNT's crappy competition does to feed the hate of the sandbillies. My comments are directed to Rubin, a great writer who knows better, can certainly write better, and from whom we must expect better.

Huggy Bear
Huggy Bear

My ex gf is a Muslim and she would never ever hurt anyone. She even bought Leonard Cohen (Jewish) CDs, although she was not fond of Israel. But many non-Muslims are not fond of the US propping up Israel either.

So I agree with you. Too bad there is a lot of prejudice based on 19 people from Saudi Arabia who hijacked planes in 2001 and murdered 3,000 innocents.

Death Before Dishonor
Death Before Dishonor

I fail to see any "honor" in running down your own daughter with the family station wagon.

"I'm sorry" ? for what ? Killing your daughter ? Little late for sorry.

You do what you do back in Iraq... that's between you and Allah. But this ape moves his family halfway around the world to a country in which nothing much makes sense. So Noor gets too "westernized", eh ? Wonder how that happened.

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do" is a cheesy old cliche'.If I was in Rome, I sure wouldn't feed the Christians to the lions.

And if I was in Baghdad, I wouldn't murder my own child ( or anyone else ) with a used car.

Goodbye, Mr. Almaleki. You're where you're supposed to be... in a place in which honor and respect is mandatory. And Noor is where she should not be.

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

This was not an honor killing. Period. Honor killings have a specific prescribed meaning. Key to every honor killing is the killer admitting the murder and using the murder to reclaim his honor.

That is not what happened here, but Rubin doesn't let truth get in his way.

Rubin uses that phrase because he is a lazy journalist who is willing to use racial stereotypes while inciting racial animus if that is what it takes to get more readers.

Honor killings are real, horrible crimes, but this is not one. This is just another crazy dad killing, sadly, his lovely but disobedient daughter.

Rubin made a decision: he could actually do the hard reporting, or he could just summon up the existing stereotypes of evil Muslims to paint a bogeyman his readers could hate. Rubin could care less that his lies heighten tensions between Muslims and others in the community. He doesn't care that evil-minded racists will latch onto his lies and incorporate them into their lies to spread hate against innocent Americans.

Rubin gets his headline, some Muslims get harnessed (or worse) and racists get new ammunition. It's a great day for the PNT.

Cory
Cory

Dude you are so wrong, I watched the tv special of this tonight, it is clear by the comments between him and his wife on the recorded jail phone this was intentional, he deserves to rott and live to be 1,000,000 years old in prison.

XSoldier
XSoldier

"You're where you're supposed to be... in a place in which honor and respect is mandatory".

Do the Flaccid Fool's jails count?

H.A. Killer
H.A. Killer

Paul since you were there(or so we thought). Did this guy finally cried in the end? I thought I was seeing this while watching the 5'o clock news. No mentioning of it in your article. The entire time the daughter-slaughter showed no remorse for what he did. I guess he is feeling "honored" by our justice system.

Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin

he did cry and he was asking for you to come visit him in prison.

H.A. Killer
H.A. Killer

To that Hells Angels Pussy,Do you always have to steal other people's usernames? Are you not creative enough to come up with your own? You're like an illegal alien stealing other people's identities. That's just my concept of comparison. All those years wasted on drug abuse, you sure don't know who the fuck you are. One minute you're a stinky hippie, the next minute your a Mexican, then an old hag, then a racist "Aryan" yuppie etc. I really pity you, just like I pity the bastard in this article who killed his own flesh and blood. What's makes this country so great is that law and order still prevails here. If you're gonna do something stupid like that "sand nigger" in the article, you very well know that you will have to pay the consequences of your own actions, right? That's what living in the United States is all about--taking responsibility.

Hells Angel Alex
Hells Angel Alex

H.A. KILLER your the guy that got beat up by Hells Angels Chico Mora at the boxing ring down at the Mesa clubhouse 2 weeks ago. you got beat up real bad. i was watching the whole fight. you were bleeding bad from your broken nose. you lost a few teeth to didnt you? if you want to talk to me in person call 623-780-8149 thats the phone # at the clubhouse. ALEX ,HELLS ANGELS MESA ARIZONA

H.A. Killer
H.A. Killer

Nope you're wrong fucktard. Never met a "Chico More" in my life. Is he an illegal alien btw? I'll make sure of it that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is aware of him. I don't box, however I am a skilled MMA fighter with a quick submission tecnique. I am capable of breaking your arm, ankle or neck. But I don't fight for the pleasure or joy of it. Unlike you cocka-roach, I have class and self decipline. Instead, I use my fighting skills for self defense. Sure I'm "clean crew cut short haired male" and women love me for that. Because I treat them with respect.

Your Pal,

Hells Angels Killer.

Alehound
Alehound

this guy is more proof to never trust a clean cut short haired male.

XSoldier
XSoldier

What is your fucking beef with clean cut short haired males?

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

alot of clean cut short haired males I know use the word {fucking beef} often.

XSoldier
XSoldier

And a lot of clean cut short haired males I know are professionals with an actual education. BTW, fucking is one word, and beef is another word. So, it sounds to me like you need a remedial class in English and grammar.

Br549
Br549

you X Soldier sound like and write like a clean cut short haired male. are you gonna blow a main head spring and kill somebody to or commit a brutal crime soon to X Soldier? you sound hostile to me and are out of control mentally already it sounds like.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Br549 says:"you X Soldier sound like and write like a clean cut short haired male."

XSoldier says: Yes I am a clean cut short haired male and I am damn proud of that.

Br549 says:"are you gonna blow a main head spring and kill somebody to or commit a brutal crime soon to X Soldier?"

XSoldier says: No. When I proudly served in the U.S. Army, I did so for family tradition. I also have never committed a crime in my entire life and I do not intend to start now.

Br549 says:"you sound hostile to me and are out of control mentally already it sounds like."

XSoldier says: The only "hostility" to you is yourself. I also am not out of control mentally. I could not have served in the Army if I was mentally unstable.

This line, from the Soldier's Creed, better suits me.

"I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills."

ALEHOUND
ALEHOUND

they do 99% of the crimes you read about.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Wow do you stereotype. If that statement was actually true, we'd have no armed forces, police and firefighters, services we need.

Proud Aryan Brother
Proud Aryan Brother

see ya later sand nigger Taliban child killer. hopefully those big proud White Aryan Brothers and Redneck Cracker Peckerwoods in the joint will either beat you to bloody death or stab you to death for being a child killer . but hey thats everyday life in prison and you asked for it. he thought he was real slick and cool the day he ran over his beautiful daughter. he aint so cool now.

Zona
Zona

Proud Aryan Brother...fuck you, you god damn racist asshole.

Oh and god bless.

XSoldier
XSoldier

You know, I find myself in agreement with Proud Aryan Brother with at least one sentence in his post.

"he thought he was real slick and cool the day he ran over his beautiful daughter. he aint so cool now."

Susie
Susie

this evil man killed his daughter and you are ok with that?

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

He's not upset the criminal was convicted and sentenced, he's upset with the racism/ racialism used to report on it.

If a black man commits a crime and is sentenced, would you condone a headline that reads "watermelon eater sentenced?"

Rubin uses "honor killing" to evoke negative emotions in the mind of the readers - images of evil "them" who have practices other than those used by "us." It's an old trick - one used by hack journalists, typically those far below the abilities of Rubin.

In truth, this is not an honor killing. If it were, then the defendant would have claimed as much. That is the point of an honor killing - to publicly reclaim honor. It's almost a tautology. Instead, this tragedy was an outraged father who killed a rebellious daughter. Because the killer and his victim are Muslim, and because Rubin has become lazy, he latched onto a stereotype and against all truth and logic used it to produce sensationalism where journalism was needed.

It's okay to hate the crime, the criminal and the race-based reporting.

PROUD ARYAN BROTHER
PROUD ARYAN BROTHER

FUCK YOU SAND NIGGER LOVING UN AMERICAN CHILD KILLER SUPPORTER!

Another Nigger, Mein Fuhrer ?
Another Nigger, Mein Fuhrer ?

Sand nigger, eh ?

Bet you've fucked a nigger here and there. Niggers come in all colors, especially W H I T E. Have a blessed Aryan kinda day.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Great article, Mr. Rubin.

My only question: What does a 1920's trial lawyer and our nation's 2nd president have to do with the sentencing of an Iraqi-American who mowed his own daughter down?

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

Great article? It simply announced a verdict. What's so great about that?

Perhaps you liked the racism contained in the false claim that this was an honor killing?

I'm as glad as everyone else this man was convicted, but I am saddened by the deliberate appeal to anti-Muslim emotion Rubin puts into play when writing about this horrible crime.

Rubin is no fool. He knows what an honor killing is, and what it is not.

By lying about this crime he's demonstrating that he's either someone who hates Muslims, or is one not above using communal antipathy towards Muslims as a vehicle to increase readership. After all, why be bothered with writing good, expository articles when one can borrow from existing stereotypes and fears?

Is Rubin a racism or racialist? I don't know. Each is repugnant, which pretty much sums up my thoughts on PNT's resident Wolfe wanna-be.

XSoldier
XSoldier

"Perhaps you liked the racism contained in the false claim that this was an honor killing?"

First and foremost, I am not a racist. One of my closest friends is a Muslim. Secondly, I agree with you that the claim of "honor killing" is false.

I thought it was great. So freakin what? Why do you have to put such negativity on every article written by PNT journalists?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

XS, I can understand massaging the thinking process over coffee. That's always good for the mind and soul. That boxing thing, though, just doesn't make sense. Not sure why so many folks feel the need for physical beating instead of using the gray matter...

AB, like me, you're too old to run around getting your butt kicked. Use your mind... and enjoy your golden days my friend, before those times in VN come back to haunt you...

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

> Why do you have to put such negativity on every article written by PNT journalists?

I'm not universally negative, just on key issues.

1) Paul Rubin's of-late crappy efforts at experimental "New Reportage" writing.2) Lemon's poor ethics in using the child of a politician as a vehicle for attacking that politician, despite the contemporary journalism standards to the contrary.3) Rubin's of-late lazy retreat into the use stereotypes and selective reporting to produce biased, incomplete articles.

There was a time, before I became a lawyer, when I was a journalist and I aspired to be as good a writer as was on display every week within the PNT. Decades later, I can only imagine what those reporters would say if reading some of the crap that oozes online from the PNT. Hell, I wonder what a younger Rubin would say to the one that lives today. Just as I think a younger McCain would punch his older self square in the jaw, I can only image that a younger Rubin would excoriate his contemporary version.

By and large, the PNT is a good publication. However, I am not afraid to ask more from it at times, and demand more from it when needed.

XSoldier
XSoldier

USMC Vietnam. You know what it's like to put on a uniform. Thank you for your service.

XSoldier
XSoldier

I don't care for coffee or boxing. Thanks for the invite though.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Good for you and good for her.

ARYAN BROTHER
ARYAN BROTHER

I am also a former USMC Vietnam 1967 to 1972.

ABer
ABer

you can always meet me in person over coffee and we can talk about this problem between us. or we can box it out in a boxing ring. choose one pal.

ABer
ABer

I AM A RACIST. ITS MY AMERICAN RIGHT TO BE ONE TO. BY THE WAY KIT CARSON WAS AN INDIAN KILLER IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO NEAR TAOS.

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