Five people were busted for vandalizing the controversial anti-Muslim subway ads this week, but only one, Mona Eltahawy, spent the night down in the Tombs before being released the next day. Eltahawy, who can be seen in multiple videos tangling with a woman who was trying to protect one of the ads in Times Square, was charged with criminal mischief, making graffiti and possession of a graffiti instrument. Her lawyer says it was highly unusual for police to detain her overnight on misdemeanor charges like that.

“I’ve never had a case for someone in this background... who did not get a desk-appearance ticket,” attorney Stanley Cohen tells the Post. "If the person who did this was named Schwartz and it was a Holocaust-denier poster, they’d get no worse than a summons and a violation." The tabloid makes a point of noting that Cohen has also "defended members of Hezbollah and Hamas," so obviously that discredits everything he says.

The ads, as you probably know, are the work of virulent Islamaphobe Pamela Geller, whose blog is sort of entertaining in the same way that watching raw sewage explode out of giant pipe can be entertaining for a few minutes. On her blog today, Geller turns her attention to Russell Simmons, who criticized her ads on Huffington Post. Take it away, Hatey Lady:

Does Russell Simmons not know that the Arabic word for "black" is abid -- slave? Is he not aware of the bloody history of the oppression and slaughter of blacks under Muslim rule? How they originated the black slave trade? Does he not know that millions of black Muslims in Darfur were killed by Arab Muslims because they didn't consider them Muslim enough, and because of the color of their skin? Does he know how many black Africans have been slaughtered in jihadi wars in Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Mali and elsewhere?

Wow, religious fanatics have committed violence in the name of their respective Gods? We're so lucky to have Geller around to remind us of history. In related news, the MTA board will be meeting today to discuss the standards they place on advertising in the transit system. The Authority had rejected Geller's ads, but she took the MTA to court and a judge ultimately ruled in her favor. According to the Wall Street Journal, the MTA will consider dropping restrictions "on provocative or offensive political statements; or restrict its advertisers to strictly commercial messages."

"Very frankly, the more we try to suppress free speech, the bigger the platform we are giving to crazy people," one MTA board member tells the Journal. "It's dopey." MTA CEO Joseph Lhota seems to agree; yesterday he tweeted"In America, the answer to a free speech problem is more free speech."