Letter to the editor – I want to share some things with you in the hopes that no one ever has to endure what my husband endured at the hands of one of Dearborn’s prosecutors, William Debiasi. I previously sent a complete account of everything that took place prior to my husband being charged; that letter is in his case file. However, to sum it all up, my husband was wrongly accused of a zoning violation and yesterday, after a total rape of the legal system, he plead guilty to something he was NOT guilty of.
As an American, as a human, as the daughter of someone who proudly served this country for over 35 years, what I witnessed yesterday makes me sick.
“Prosecutor Debiasi is a racist bully – so arrogant and enamored with himself – he believes he is above the law.”
My husband, like so many in this area, is Arabic. He comes from a country where there is fear of the law, fear of the judicial system, fear of authority.
I was taught differently. I was taught that the law, the police, the military are all here to protect me and keep me safe; protect and keep all of us safe.
As such, and again, what I witnessed yesterday made me want to vomit. I was and am ashamed of Prosecutor Debiasi and my country.
I tried to stop it. I tried to protest. Prosecutor Debiasi silenced me. When we entered his office and I began to talk, he asked “who’s doing the talking here” which immediately put my husband in a position where he had to defend himself and say that he was. I’m SO sure that Prosecutor Debiasi knows that the Arabic culture dictates that the man is the one in charge; it doesn’t play that way here, someone might want to let him know that. As I stood there and watched Prosecutor Debiasi play my husband I became enraged and left the room – I slammed the door. My husband was told that I could be arrested for my behavior. Seriously, I can’t imagine anyone, other than a racist bully, being stupid enough to suggest something so ridiculous. I actually wish that Prosecutor Debiasi had attempted something so ludicrous, it would have made it possible for me to stop the injustice that took place.
I am NOT letting it go.
I believe people should be informed of the injustices that are taking place under Mayor O’Reilly.
What Prosecutor Debiasi is doing and what he is being allowed to make happen is wrong; morally wrong.
I believe Prosecutor Debiasi to be a bully and a racist and so arrogant and enamored with himself that he believes he is above the law; he needs to be reminded that the practice of law is a humanitarian and social service and, as such, those engaged in that line of work need to be both socially skilled and capable of understanding what it means to be a decent and just human being, Prosecutor Debiasi falls short, way short, in both arenas.
The knowledge that we have of other cultures, other races, should not be used to manipulate and dominate but rather to remind us to appreciate the freedom and the rights that we are accustomed to and to highlight those freedoms and rights so that those who have chosen to become citizens can share in it all.
Again, I am ashamed, I am ashamed of Prosecutor Debiasi and my country; totally ashamed and I will be sharing that with whoever will listen.
Dr. Terresa Dakhlallah