Zumot sentenced to 33 years to life

Palo Alto hookah lounge owner was convicted in February of 2009 murder, arson

In an intense conclusion Friday to the murder-and-arson case of former Palo Alto hookah lounge owner Bulos "Paul" Zumot, who was convicted in February, Judge David Cena sent Zumot from the courtroom prior to sentencing after a disturbed Zumot accused the judge of corruption and repeatedly proclaimed his own innocence.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Good job, jury! Let's hope that the sentence is appropriate to the heinous nature of the crime.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Nayeli is a registered user.

Wow -- what a spectacle! It doesn't bode well for the man when he attacks the judge and accuses him of "corruption."

Even if he were "innocent" of murder (and I personally don't believe that he is), he should have remained civil and allowed the system to play itself out. He shouldn't have robbed the families of the opportunity to address him in an open court.

This whole situation is a terrible tragedy. I can only feel the pain of all of those who are in the middle of this nightmare.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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