Teacher Busted With Heroin Inside a Courthouse Is an Islamic Studies Scholar

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It appears that carrying 20 bags of heroin into a city courthouse is not a firable offense in New York City. In a ruling released yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez found that Damian Esteban, found with 20 bags of heroin when he reported for jury duty last October, must be allowed to keep his job at Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, overturning the Department of Education's original firing.

When Esteban reported for jury during on October 17 of last year, heroin was found in a cigarette pack he was carrying. He was charged with misdemeanor drug possession, but the charges were dropped six months ago on the condition he stay out of trouble and attend a substance abuse program.

Esteban claims he began using heroin because of pain from an old ankle injury, according to the New York Post.

Judge Mendez overturned the Department of Education's firing of Esteban on the basis that "no evidence that the conduct with which [Esteban] was charged affects his performance as a teacher," according to the ruling, despite an arbitrator's earlier finding that it was possible Esteban had brought the heroin into the schoolhouse.

Esteban, 34, taught Global Studies to high school students. He describes himself on his personal website as a "scholar of Islamic Studies, Educator and all-around computer geek."

Indeed, Esteban has a master's degree in Islamic Studies from McGill University, for which he wrote a 95-page study of one of the world's first recorded attempts at a book of world history and political theory, written in 1377, entitled "Religion and the State in Ibn Khaldiin's Muqaddimah".

A copy of the study is below, as is the ruling from Judge Mendez.

Religion and the state in Ibn Khaldun Muqaddimah by WisdomRider


Damian Esteban Court Case

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pete1589
pete1589

Hey, he's just performing the normal international trade activities for Afghanistan's main (and only) export after all.  Why muse upon Muslim antics in your thesis if you don't intend to assist their myopic economy?  They gotta make a buck somehow, like all liberal drug addicts, eh?

2brknot2b
2brknot2b

Being Islamic he could probably get away with raping a student, Helps to have a president who shares your religion, eh?

JackForeigner
JackForeigner

@EBatterson @BarneyFranken 'Cause that's what he's proud to say about himself.  He's a teacher and obviously he thinks having a degree in Islamic Studies adds some kinda cred.

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