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Musmari charged with first-degree arson

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Musab Masmari, the suspect in the Neighbours NYE arson case, has changed lawyers and, as of press time for Seattle Gay News, has only been charged with first-degree arson. At a February 18 arraignment hearing in the case, Musmari dropped his public defender and hired Jeff Cohen as private counsel. Public defender Harold Palmer, Musmari’s former lawyer, told media that Mr. Cohen was hired by Musmari’s family. At this time, Cohen has declined to answer questions from the media stating that he hadn’t looked at the case yet. During Musmari’s arraignment, Palmer argued that Musmari can’t possibly stay away from all potential Neighbours customers. Judge Patrick Oishi ordered that Musmari is prohibited from contact with Neighbours, Therapy Lounge, and any employees of either establishment, dropping the patron status from the court order. Palmer told Th

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