This a good onePosted by BGCPed on 7/16/03 at 14:09 (124557)
Subject: shoe bomber sentence
> > JUDGE WILLIAM YOUNG, SENTENCES THE SHOE BOMBER - A
> > MUST READ! I hope you will read every word! Pray
>for more Judges like this one.
> > 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. I commend it
> > to you and to anyone you might wish to forward it
> > 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,
> > 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
> > 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.
> > How much of this Judge's comments did you hear on
> > our TV sets? ZERO!
> > Please pass this around. Everyone needs to hear what
> > the judge had to say.
Re: This a good oneEd Davis, DPM on 7/16/03 at 14:35 (124562)
It is a good one. Something that, as you pointed out, deserved more press.
The media is now, being very cautious in how the word 'terrorist' is being applied. You may notice that the PLO terrorists are now termed 'militants.' Even a story in the more objective Fox network the other day labelled terrorists who committed an action couple of days ago, 'criminals.'
Re: This a good oneBGCPed on 7/16/03 at 15:29 (124564)
Tep just a matter fo time before they are called freedom fighters
Re: This a good onemarie on 7/16/03 at 21:26 (124588)
Very good BG. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will copy it and post it above my computer. Freedom fighters?????I don't think so...it is clear he was a terrorist. The Judge was right on. Where was this in the news???? That is a good question.