Jihad Jane Pleads Not Guilty

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Colleen LaRose, who allegedly used the screen names “Jihad Jane” and “Fatima Rose” on Internet postings where she pledged to commit murder in the name of Jihad, appeared cheerful as she greeted her public defenders at her arraignment in a Philadelphia courtroom.  She is accused of plotting the murder of Swedish provocateur and second-rate cartoonist Lars Vilks.

She is a very short woman, pictured here between her attorneys Mark Wilson and Ross Thompson.  Her blond hair was braided in thick cornrows and she appears to have put on some weight since her imprisonment last October, at least compared to the gaunt visage in her mugshot.

NYT story here.

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