Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) 
Copyright: 1998 PG Publishing. 
Pubdate: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 
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Website: http://www.post-gazette.com/ 
Author: Bill Moushey, Post-Gazette Staff Writer 
Note: This is the second of a 10 part series, "Win At All Costs" being
published in the Post-Gazette. The part is composed of several stories
(being posted separately). The series is also being printed in The Blade,
Toledo, OH email: TRAPPED INTO TRYING TO SETTLE VENDETTA

Qubilah Shabazz, daughter of assassinated black leader Malcolm X, was
arrested in June 1995 and charged with plotting to kill Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan, the man she thought murdered her father 30 years
before.

The story behind the headline was even more bizarre: Michael Fitzpatrick,
the government informant from New York who tipped the feds to the plot, had
a history of trying to persuade people to commit violent acts, dating to
the 1980s. He also had a history as a paid informant for federal agents.

He told federal agents that, for a fee, he could deliver evidence about the
supposed plot. They agreed to pay him $45,000 to nail Shabazz in the sting,
court records show.

He sought out Shabazz, whom hed known since high school, lured her from
New York City to Minneapolis, convincing her his interests were romantic,
then planted the idea of arranging to have Farrakhan killed, according to
court records.

She never went to trial. Instead, she signed a statement accepting
responsibility for her involvement in the plot and agreed to two years of
psychiatric and drug and alcohol treatment. She received two years
probation, which ended last year and all charges were dismissed.

Prosecutors said the paper she signed proved her guilt. Defense attorneys
insisted it proved nothing but a government conspiracy that had entrapped
an innocent person.
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