The man accused of stalking Caroline Kennedy's daughter, Tatiana Schlossberg, has turned down a plea deal offered by the court. Instead of visiting a psychologist he has opted to go to trial.
Naeem Ahmed, the accused, sent Schlossberg a flood of emails, balloons and flowers over a two-year period.
His lawyer Gerald Hertz said, "They want him to go to psychiatric treatment, there is nothing wrong with him." He argues that Ahmed is a romantic, not a criminal.
Hertz said, "On Valentine's Day, many people would go to jail doing what he did."
Earlier this year Ahmed told the “New York Post” that he first met Schlossberg in his dreams. He said, “I first saw her in my dreams. I can't explain it, but I know her very well. Very clearly, in my mind and in my heart.
"I can read her mind. Sometimes she can read mine."
He continued, "I am not mentally ill. I am not crazy…I love her unconditionally. Forever. We will get married.
"Look at her. She's not beautiful, but she's the most beautiful woman in the world to me. She's beautiful enough for me."
His lawyer says no crime was committed and that Ahmed never threatened to harm Schlossberg, President John F Kennedy’'s granddaughter.
Ahmed, who is from Pakistan and holds a computer science degree, said, "I did nothing wrong. Nobody tried to stop me."
He explained that the reason he chose not to plead guilty was that you cannot get a taxi license with a criminal record.
Ahmed, 41, was allowed to refuse the deal after a psychiatric report showed he understood the charges against him and that he was fit to stand trial.
Ahmed told one of the doctors, "I apologize from the bottom of my heart, I love them."
Another psych exam showed that Ahmed is not dangerous but would benefit from psychiatric treatment and medication.