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Old 12-08-2003, 07:17 PM
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> I received this from a friend today and thought it deserved mention:
> Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and
> tried to light it? Did you know his trial is over? Did you know he was
> sentenced? Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV/Radio? - -
> - Didn't think so. Liberal media at work again. Everyoneshould hear what
> the judge had to say.
> Ruling by Judge William Young U.S. District Court Prior to sentencing,
> the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say. His response:
> After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also
> admitted his "allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the
> religion of Allah," defiantly stated "I think I ought not apologize for
> my actions," and told the court "I am at war with your country."
> Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below, a stinging
> condemnation of Reid in particular and terrorists in general. 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 you or 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. We do not negotiate with
> terrorists. We do not treat 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, State 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, 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
> 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.
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> So, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV sets? We
> need more judges like Judge Young, but that's another subject. Pass this
> around. Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to
> say. Powerful words that strike home...
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:05 AM
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He probably want last long in prison . Hopefully its a slow death

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