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Subject: Let Freedom Ring Date: 5/18/2003 10:43 AM
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Sent to me by Dr. CA Webster: Sent: Friday, May 16, 2003 8:56 AM
Subject: [Fwd: Fw: shoe bomber]


Remember the guy who got on a plane with a
bomb built into
his shoe and tried to light it? His trial is over. How much of
this Judge's
comments
did you hear on TV? Everyone should hear what the
judge had to say. U.S. 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 to.
> > >
> > > Ruling by Judge William Young 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
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, 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 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 Trooper Santigo 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 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 reserve 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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