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O/t Political. Now this is a good judge. We need

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    Barrelbulge(Fl) TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Aug 27, 2007
    West Central Florida
    Sentence of Reid

    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 or 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.

    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 stating, '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 consecutively. (That's 80 years.)

    On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be
    served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon
    you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that's an 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 an $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.

    Now, 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 too much war talk here and I say that to every-one
    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 the officers of government
    do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier. You are
    not----you are a terrorist. 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 line 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 mueders.
    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
    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. 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, 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.The 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. 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. Pass this around.
    Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful
    words that strike home.. God bless America
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