Sent to me by Dr. CA Webster: Sent: Friday, May 16, 2003 8:56 AMSubject: [Fwd: Fw: shoe bomber]Remember the guy who got on a plane with abomb built into his shoe and tried to light it? His trial is over. How much ofthis Judge'scommentsdid you hear on TV? Everyone should hear what thejudge had to say. U.S. District Court Judge William Young made thefollowing> > statement in> > > sentencing "shoe bomber" Richard Reid toprison. 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 to.> > >> > > Ruling by Judge William Young January 30, 2003United States> > vs.> > > Reid.> > >> > >> > > Judge Young: Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken nowto the> > sentence> the> > > Court imposes upon you.> > >> > > On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences youto life in> > prison> in> > > the custody of the United States Attorney General.> > > On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentencesyou to 20 years> > in> > > prison on each count, the sentence on each count torun consecutive> > with> > the> > > other. That's 80 years. On count 8 the Courtsentences you to the> > mandatory> > > 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. TheCourt imposes> upon> > > you each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 forthe aggregate> > fine> of> > $2> > > million.> > > The Court accepts the government'srecommendation 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 specialassessment.> > > The Court imposes upon you five yearssupervised release> > simply> > > because the law requires it. But the life sentencesare real life> > sentences> > > so I need go no further.> > > This is the sentence that is provided for byour 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 terroristco-conspirators,> > Mr.> > > Reid.> > >> > > We are Americans. We have been through the firebefore. There is> > all> too> > > much war talk here. And I say that to everyone withthe utmost> > respect. Here in this court, where we deal with individualsas> > individuals, and> > care> > > for individuals as individuals, as human beings wereach 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 thatreference, to call> > you> a> > > soldier gives you far too much stature. Whether it isthe officers> > of government who do it or your attorney who does it, orthat> > happens to be your view, you are a terrorist.> > > And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We donot 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 knowwarriors. You> > are a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multipleattempted> > murders.> > > In a very real sense Trooper Santigo had itright when you> > first> > were> > > taken off that plane and into custody and you wonderedwhere the> > press> and> > > where the TV crews were and he said you're no bigdeal. You're no> > big> > deal.> > > What your counsel, what your able counsel andwhat the> > equally> > able> > > United States attorneys have grappled with and what Ihave as> > honestly> as> > I> > > know how tried to grapple with, is why you didsomething so> > horrific.> What> > > was it that led you here to this courtroom today? Ihave listened> > respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you tosearch your> > heart> > and> > > ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you todo what you> > are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing. And I have ananswer> > for you.> It> > > may not satisfy you. But as I search this entirerecord it comes as> close> > to> > > understanding as I know.> > > It seems to me you hate the one thing that ismost precious.> > You> > > hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Ourindividual freedom to> > live> > as> > > we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe ornot believe as> > we individually choose.> > > Here, in this society, the very winds carryfreedom. They> > carry> it> > > everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because weprize> > individual freedom so much that you are here in thisbeautiful> > courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see that justiceis> > administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It isfor> > freedom's sake that your> lawyers> > > are striving so vigorously on your behalf and havefiled appeals,> > will> go> > on> > > in their, their representation of you before otherjudges. 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 yettrue that we> > will> > bear> > > any burden, pay any price, to reserve our freedoms.> > > Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. Theworld is not> > going> to> > > long remember what you or I say here. Day aftertomorrow it will be> > forgotten. But this, however, will long endure. Here inthis> > courtroom> > and> > > courtrooms all across America, the American peoplewill gather to> > see> that> > > justice, individual justice, justice, not war,individual justice is> > in> > fact> > > being done. The very President of the United Statesthrough his> officers> > > will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidenceon which> > specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens willgather> > to sit and> judge> > > that evidence democratically, to mold and shape andrefine our sense> > of justice.> > >> > > See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag ofthe United> > States of> > > America. That flag will fly there long after this isall forgotten.> That> > > flag stands for freedom. You know it always will.> > >> > > Custody Mr. Officer. Stand him down.
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