This will make for a fascinating prosecution:
Hate-crime arrests in Quran desecrations at Pace University
July 27, 2007, 8:33 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) _ A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, police said.
Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both hate crimes, police said. It was unclear if he was a student at the school. A message left at the Shmulevich home was not immediately returned.
The Islamic holy book was found in a toilet at Pace's lower Manhattan campus by a teacher on Oct. 13. A student discovered another book in a toilet on Nov. 21, police said.
Muslim activists had called on Pace University to crack down on hate crimes after the incidents. As a result, the university said it would offer sensitivity training to its students.
Well, if had burned an American flag the issues would be clear. If he had put a crucifix in a glass of urine, it would have been art.
On the other hand, a book in a toilet, regardless of the book, can damage the toilet and cause property damage, so there may be a fairly simple cause of action on that basis.
Or if the Quran was not his own, well, then, Mr. Shmulevich is on his own.
The good news - with a name like that, tracking this case via Google should not be difficult.
He was busted after cops discovered a surveillance camera that filmed him leaving the meditation room where the Korans had been kept before the vandalism.
Allahpundit at Hot Air tries to sort out the relevant statutes.