His defense provided a quotation from the Quran in an effort to show why this husband believed he had the right to take such actions against his disobedient spouse.
“Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.”
Some step forward in the article to make it known that the Quran (4:34) indeed does not warrant such brutality, and that men are only allowed to beat their wives “lightly,” and only after extinguishing other means of discipline. Amazingly, the article mentions an eligibility date for parole. Again I say, “Huh?” The entire article can be found here.