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Judge halts case against transit screamer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A judge has halted a criminal case against a
woman accused of screaming at a woman passenger on an Atlanta
commuter train, an event seen more than 600,000 times on YouTube.

DeKalb County State Court Judge Barbara Mobley said Tuesday she
would place the case against 26-year-old Nifiza Ziyad on a "dead
docket" and refer her to a pretrial diversion program for the
mentally ill.

DeKalb Solicitor General Robert James said he might appeal
Mobleys decision, which came after Ziyad read a poem about her
struggles with bipolar disorder.

Ziyad was captured on video March 10 in a loud and obscene
tirade, in which she described herself as a rapper, sang, jumped about and menaced a 65-year-old woman.


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