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Old 07-17-2003, 11:16 AM
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US District Court Judge William Young made the following
statement in sentencing "shoe bomber" Richard Reid to prison.
It is noteworthy, and deserves to be remembered far longer than he predicts.

January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid.

Judge Young: Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence
the Court imposes upon you. On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court
sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United
States Attorney General.

On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in
prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run
consecutive with the other. That's 80 years.

On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years
consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes
upon you each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the
aggregate fine of $2 million.

The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines. The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further. This is the sentence that is provided for
by our statutes. It is a fair and just sentence.

It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you.
We are not afraid of any of your terrorist coconspirators, Mr.
Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before.
There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone
with the utmost respect.

Here in this court, where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals, as human beings we reach out for justice, you are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice. So war talk is way out of line in this court.

You are a big fellow. But you are not that big. You're no warrior. I know warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders.

In a very real sense Trooper Santiago had it right when you
first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were and he said you're no big deal. You're no big deal.

What your counsel, what your able counsel and what the equally
able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have
as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did
something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this
courtroom today? I have listened respectfully to what you have
to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself
what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty
and admit you are guilty of doing.

And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you. But as I
search this entire record it comes as close to understanding as
I know. It seems to me you hate the one thing that is most
precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our
individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we
choose, and to believe or not believe as we individually choose.

Here, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry
it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize
individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see that justice is administered fairly,individually, and discretely. It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges. We are about it.

Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden, pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.

Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not
going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after
tomorrow it will be forgotten. But this, however, will long
endure here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America,
the American people will gather to see that justice, individual
justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.
The very President of the United States through his officers
will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which
specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens will
gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold
and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of
America. That flag will fly there long after this is all
forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. You know it always
will. Custody, Mr. Officer. Stand him down.

Too bad that we have to support him for the rest of his life.
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Old 07-17-2003, 11:51 AM
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Outstanding !!!!!!!
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God Bless the USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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That gave me chills !!!
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Wow!! Excellent.
You go, Judge.
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