Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, Immigration Lawyer, to be Arraigned in Fatal DUI Crash with Bicyclist

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A Rancho Santa Margarita attorney who has been published about liberties denied due to closed deportation hearings is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of killing a bicyclist with her car while buzzing on prescription drugs.

Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 39, is charged with a felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated that could send her to state prison for four years with a conviction, according to prosecutors.

Out of custody on $100,000 bail, Fakhari-Bayrooti is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Santa Ana.

Around 6:45 p.m. on March 15, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was driving south on Santa Margarita Parkway in Mission Viejo after consuming prescription drugs, including Xanax and Suboxone, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

Near the intersection of El Toro Road and Los Alisos Boulevard, she allegedly swerved into the bike lane, crashing into 54-year-old bicyclist Eric Billings, who rolled over her vehicle's hood and windshield and later died from multiple traumatic injuries, says the OCDA.

After blood evidence was analyzed, Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested Fakharai-Bayrooti on Sept. 23, 2013.

Online sites indicate she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix and her juris doctorate from Whittier College Law School. Go here to read her 2003 Whittier Law Review piece: "Note and Comment: Denial of Public Access to Deportation Hearings: Is It Protecting National Security or Violating Fundamental Liberties?"

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whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Judging from that photo, there was quite the rough patch somewhere in those 39 years.  She looks like one of those 50ish cougars you find at Crow Bar.

heggimiri
heggimiri

@whateveryousay  like to know how you would appear in a OCSD photo? She's actually one of the most beautiful woman, not just outside but also inside. Yet, I was under the impression the facts of the case should be discussed, not her photo?

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@heggimiri @whateveryousay I'm not sure how I would. I don't drive impaired, take prescription medications, use drugs or commit crimes. I'm pretty confident none of us will ever know.  I even use an honest CPA to file my taxes.

heggimiri
heggimiri

@whateveryousay want to understand, are you saying our Constitutional rights shall be reviewed and decided based on photos?

lonhall
lonhall

that her police blotter foto? Looks like a Halloween picture!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @lonhall  

In the mug shot, she looks a little like Sheryl Crow...

after having some fun, until the sun comes up on the San-ta Mon-i-ca Bou-le-vard.....


heggimiri
heggimiri

America is a country of immigrants, INCLUDING YOU: Paul Lucas. And is the system basing one's legality on their names? If so, I didn't know.

Michael Crossman
Michael Crossman

Are you suggesting four years for killing someone is too much... or NOT ENOUGH?!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Nice to know that Whittier Law admits applicants with Bachelor's degrees from the University of Phoenix!  

Hopefully, she'll get a defense attorney to represent her with a law degree from an institution which isn't a Tier 27 school, like her alma mater.  

 

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@SickSnail @JBinOC  

...so, you're a good test taker?  

So, you did BarBri and cashed in some foreign coins for private tutoring? 

Mmmm, don't think the brightest, most promising students choose Whittier Law, unless they can't get into California Western, that is  

angrysexmachine69
angrysexmachine69

@JBinOC @SickSnail "Foreign coins for private tutoring"...What is that even supposed to mean? And yes, one still has to pass the California Bar Exam...This hardest in the U.S...People have been known to piss blood after taking the test, due to stress.

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

BF went to Western State.  In his group of 10 friends, the one who did the least amount of work was the first to pass.  The guy who passed did not upload his answers on the last day of the exam but the bar let him the week after. Passing a test does not mean jack.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@n2bigmuscle  

Absolutely right.  

And I wonder if your BF's friend completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of Phoenix with Ms. Fakhrai-Bayrooti, too 

 

heggimiri
heggimiri

@JBinOC  what ignorance we are faced with is beyond my comprehension. She went to uni of Pho. so she can work during the day and support her family and attended night school for that. As to her law school, she was accepted into three, one Tier III, however, never thought..one is judged based on her credentials or where she attained them, especially when she published w/ an infant....happy now?


heggimiri
heggimiri

@JBinOC @SickSnail the person's education which is apparently the issue at hand is my loved one and is in much pain. Just want to know with all due respect to the deceased family,are you saying her education is to be the issue at hand, or its Tier, etc.? BTW, for your info, she spoke no English when immigrated to U.s. and got her undergrad while working full-time to help family and went to law school w/ an infant and published an article, and passed the bar on her first try.  Are you serious, or you guys are just haters? Both of these families are in much pain. Let's leave nonsense out of the education.

heggimiri
heggimiri

@JBinOC Let me enlighten you since you don't know, she's my loved one & with the utmost respect to the Deceased's family, she worked during day and attended nights in an effort to help her family. While she came to this country w/ inability to speak English, she put herself thru her undergrad, while was accepted to UCLA, went to U of Phoenix so her fam can eat, as to her law school, she was accepted to three different ones, Western & USCLA were not feasible as she was married w/ a two years old, yet published an article, Dean's list, passed the Bar on first try...and managed everything.  Let's keep it clean, okay? She's in pain too, I understand the Deceased's family is too....but she's a mother.....I hate to see her reading and weeping all of the time, so ask for you and everyone else to entrust the system.

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

$100k bail? And she's a lawyer? It should have been 3x that amount. And 4 years? Again, it's a lawyer's deal.

heggimiri
heggimiri

Glad you are not aware how the system works, but rather assumes!!!!

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

"Adios amiga, adios my friend...Hasta LaVista; until we meet again..." Sang no one ever.

heggimiri
heggimiri

As if you are perfect and have never made a mistake to make such comment.....get a life.

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