The Sentence  

candy69sosweet 62F
10901 posts
4/30/2006 2:46 pm
The Sentence

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. Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court. Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say.

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 will not apologize for my actions," and told the court "I am at war with your country."

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

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 co-conspirators, 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, 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 if you think you are a soldier. You are not----- you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet 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 lie in this court. You are a big fellow. But you are not that big. You're no warrior. I've known warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal that is 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 are no big deal.

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 to us 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 wind carries freedom. It carries 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 Americans are all about freedom. 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 bare 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 comes into courtrooms and lays out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidences 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. And it always will.

Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down."

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. Everyone should hear what this fine judge had to say.

Powerful words that strike home.

God bless America.

Kisses & Hugs,

~Friendship is a gift given from the heart and treasured forever~

LabioBent 106M
2082 posts
5/4/2006 7:07 pm



(Princess Lips)

5/2/2006 8:33 pm


*prays for safety for our troops everywhere..*


LabioBent 106M
2082 posts
5/1/2006 10:28 pm

Everyone living in the free world should read Justice Young.


kyplowboy22 62M

5/1/2006 9:00 am

And another one bites the dust. Good deal.

rm_anacortes 75M
2850 posts
4/30/2006 8:11 pm

Right on Candy!!

Hope you will read my blog about Osama and Darfur in Sudan..

1eroticjoe 57M
3777 posts
4/30/2006 5:48 pm

I think you would find that most of our Judges are great Americans like Judge Young. I also think that coverage of this sort of trial should be somewhat limited. Lets not allow the terrorists their time in the lime-light. Like the State Trooper said "it's not big deal". Just another misguided sicko caught and punished. Why should we give hime what he so despirately desires...a public voice for propaganda.

However, at the same time, I think it would be nice for every American to see that though our wheels of Justice can be painfully slow and sometimes in error, when it really counts, they keep rolling and indeed crush all who would make attempts at ending our freedoms leaving them with none of what they sought to destroy for all.

It has always struck me as ironic that the very freedoms that allow terrorists to perpetrate their crimes against society are the freedoms we hold so dear and even take for granted.

We are at war with irony and if we are not careful in how we deal with the threat of terrorism, we shall find ourselves with no right to privacy, and all because of what a few, mostly foriegn, extremist have done on our soil. This man should not be allowed to live in our comfortable prisons. I'll spare you the details of what I think should be done.

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