Accused Cabbie-Stabber Worked for Tolerance Group

21-year-old also spent time in Afghanistan
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2010 8:51 AM CDT
Michael Enright, right, confers with his attorney Jason Martin, during his arraignment in a New York City courtroom on charges that include attempted murder as a hate crime, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/Steven Hirsch, Pool)
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(Newser) – The man accused of stabbing a New York cab driver after asking if he was Muslim doesn’t fit the stock image of someone accused of a hate crime. Michael Enright has volunteered for the past year at Intersections International, a group dedicated to promoting religious tolerance, the Wall Street Journal reports. The group has publicly supported the Cordoba Initiative. The program’s director described Enright as “a good guy,” who “got along with my colleagues.”

The 21-year-old film student also spent time in Afghanistan recently, filming a documentary about a Marine friend and his unit. Enright was charged with attempted murder as a hate crime yesterday. He offered no plea, and was ordered held without bail. The prosecutor told the court that an EMT had said that if the wounds on the victim were “a fraction of an inch longer or deeper, he would have been dead at the scene.” Enright’s attorney said his client was “shocked” and “terrified.”

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