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Judge William Young's Closing CommentsTo Shoe Bomber Richard Reid
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Posted on 08/24/2003 9:38:31 AM PDT by TYBEEISLAND

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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 to.

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 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.

Editor note: How much of this Judge's comments did you hear on our radio and TV sets? ZERO! Please pass this around. Everyone needs to hear what the judge had to say.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: richardreid; williamyoung
God Bless America....
1 posted on 08/24/2003 9:38:31 AM PDT by TYBEEISLAND
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To: PastorBubba
Ping
2 posted on 08/24/2003 9:43:28 AM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (To you he's a dog. To me he's adopted, has 4 legs, short, hairy...I have no problem with that!)
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To: TYBEEISLAND
BUMP
3 posted on 08/24/2003 9:45:12 AM PDT by mercy
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To: TYBEEISLAND
Judge William Young's words need to be bumped to the top for all to read, especially the current and future terrorists.

Those terrorists do not understand the foundations of this Nation they try to destroy. Judge Young does and most Americans do.

4 posted on 08/24/2003 9:54:00 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Jeff Head; SLB; TEXASPROUD
BTTT.......Stay Safe !
5 posted on 08/24/2003 9:58:55 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Interesting Times; zot
Ping
6 posted on 08/24/2003 10:00:23 AM PDT by GreyFriar
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To: TYBEEISLAND
thanks. bump.
7 posted on 08/24/2003 10:13:04 AM PDT by glock rocks (there's no gift like the present)
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To: TomGuy
My bet is that CNN will never....ever....put those words on their broadcast. Muslims would take immmedate offense to them. There would be great anti-American propaganda filling the air from the middle-east. I think the judge attempted to give them as much humane warning as possible...what will happen will they tread against the US. Everyone of these terrorists need to know that we will hunt them down...we will bring them to justice...and they will serve as much time in an American jail as possible. Life will not be pleasant.
8 posted on 08/24/2003 10:23:44 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
And left-wingers would argue for his release based on such "prejudicial" statements.
9 posted on 08/24/2003 10:31:31 AM PDT by Sometimes A River
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To: TYBEEISLAND; Luis Gonzalez; William Wallace
Thanks for posting this. It definately deserves another bump.

Hey Luis, WW; have either of you seen this?

10 posted on 08/24/2003 10:46:57 AM PDT by DeSoto
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To: TYBEEISLAND
You're no warrior. I know warriors. You are a terrorist.

Worth repeating.

11 posted on 08/24/2003 10:51:54 AM PDT by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: TYBEEISLAND
Effin' Excellent. I wish I was there when he spoke those words. My heart swelled when I read them. We need more Judges like William Young.

FMCDH

12 posted on 08/24/2003 11:04:05 AM PDT by nothingnew (I've changed my tagline and will tell no one what it is until I'm on the Jay Leno show!)
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To: TYBEEISLAND
President Ronald Reagan named Judge Young a federal judge.
13 posted on 08/24/2003 12:00:55 PM PDT by bsaunders
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To: pepsionice
Neal Cavuto on Fox might. Do you know how to let him know about this?
14 posted on 08/24/2003 12:03:45 PM PDT by Do Be
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To: pepsionice
Neal Cavuto on Fox might. Do you know how to let him know about this?
15 posted on 08/24/2003 12:03:46 PM PDT by Do Be
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To: TYBEEISLAND
wow!

btt
16 posted on 08/24/2003 12:33:38 PM PDT by witnesstothefall (tag lines are for wimps)
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To: TYBEEISLAND
BTTT!!!
17 posted on 08/24/2003 1:26:44 PM PDT by 11B3 (Looking for a belt-fed, multi-barreled 12 guage. It's Liberal season, no daily limit.)
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To: nothingnew
God Bless Judge William Young and God Bless America.
18 posted on 08/24/2003 2:31:04 PM PDT by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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To: DeSoto
"The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here." Judge William Young

I like this Judge, look what he did:

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." -- Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

Yeah...

This Judge rocks!

Thanks for the flag my friend.

19 posted on 08/24/2003 8:47:56 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (There's no such thing as a stupid question, there are however, many inquisitive morons out there...)
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To: William Wallace; Prodigal Daughter; afraidfortherepublic; JohnHuang2; Budge; A Citizen Reporter; ...
**PING**
20 posted on 08/24/2003 8:49:03 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (There's no such thing as a stupid question, there are however, many inquisitive morons out there...)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Bump!
21 posted on 08/24/2003 8:50:52 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Beautiful, just beautiful

Thanks for the ping Luis, this one really made me feel good.

22 posted on 08/24/2003 9:05:51 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: BARLF
This Judge just NAILED it.
23 posted on 08/24/2003 9:07:57 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (There's no such thing as a stupid question, there are however, many inquisitive morons out there...)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Amen!
24 posted on 08/24/2003 9:12:23 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Thank you for the ping, my friend. This Judge's words are worth the read ... and need bumping again and again. Reminds me of one Judge Sauls, back in 2000/2001 in Florida ... a man who loves this country, loves the law, and believes in the illimitable value of Justice.
25 posted on 08/24/2003 10:51:40 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: MHGinTN
If we just had more Judges like this.
26 posted on 08/24/2003 11:07:34 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (There's no such thing as a stupid question, there are however, many inquisitive morons out there...)
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To: aposiopetic
I have GOT to give you a call!
27 posted on 08/24/2003 11:07:59 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (There's no such thing as a stupid question, there are however, many inquisitive morons out there...)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Even Snopes says it's true!

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/reid.asp

Claim: Judge delivers stinging rebuke to "shoe bomber" terrorist at sentencing hearing.

Status: True.
28 posted on 08/25/2003 4:03:03 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Luis Gonzalez; Howlin; ALOHA RONNIE; Tennessee_Bob
FULL TRANSCRIPT!
Reid: 'I am at war with your country'

(CNN) – The following is a partial transcript of Thursday's court hearing in which Richard Reid was sentenced to life in prison for his confessed plan to try and blow up a jetliner with explosives he had hidden in his shoes. The exchange is between Reid and Judge William Young.

RICHARD REID: I start by praising Allah because life today is no good. I bear witness to this and he alone is right to be worshiped. And I bear witness that Muhammad Sa'laat Alayhi as-Salaam is his last prophet and messenger who is sent to all of mankind for guidance, with the sound guidance for everyone.

Concerning what the Court said? I admit, I admit my actions and I further, I further state that I done them.

JUDGE WILLIAM YOUNG: I didn't hear the last. I admit my actions and then what did you say?

REID: I further admit my allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah. With regards to what you said about killing innocent people, I will say one thing. Your government has killed 2 million children in Iraq. If you want to think about something, against 2 million, I don't see no comparison.

Your government has sponsored the rape and torture of Muslims in the prisons of Egypt and Turkey and Syria and Jordan with their money and with their weapons. I don't know, see what I done as being equal to rape and to torture, or to the deaths of the two million children in Iraq.

So, for this reason, I think I ought not apologize for my actions. I am at war with your country. I'm at war with them not for personal reasons but because they have murdered more than, so many children and they have oppressed my religion and they have oppressed people for no reason except that they say we believe in Allah.

This is the only reason that America sponsors Egypt. It's the only reason they sponsor Turkey. It's the only reason they back Israel.

As far as the sentence is concerned, it's in your hand. Only really it is not even in your hand. It's in Allah's hand. I put my trust in Allah totally and I know that he will give victory to his religion. And he will give victory to those who believe and he will destroy those who wish to oppress the people because they believe in Allah.

So you can judge and I leave you to judge. And I don't mind. This is all I have to say. And I bear witness to Muhammad this is Allah's message.

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 one 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 on 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 not go any further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and a 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're a big fellow. But you're 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 first you were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were and you 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 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 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 seek 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 care 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 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 still stands for freedom. You know it always will. Custody, Mr. Officer. Stand him down.

REID: That flag will be brought down on the Day of Judgment and you will see in front of your Lord and my Lord and then we will know. (Whereupon the defendant was removed from the courtroom.)

YOUNG: We'll recess. All rise.


29 posted on 08/25/2003 4:07:36 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: TYBEEISLAND
Bump again for old times sake.
30 posted on 11/11/2003 11:51:22 AM PST by anymouse
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To: TYBEEISLAND
I would judge this man as a great American by those words.
31 posted on 11/11/2003 11:55:36 AM PST by tiki
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