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MUST READ! Comments by Judge Young at Sentencing in "United States vs. (Richard) Reid"!
2-20-03 | Bob J via K Lund

Posted on 02/20/2003 10:10:12 AM PST by Bob J

Subject: United States v Reid - Final Statements by Judge Young

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.

January 30, 2003
United States v. 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 Airplanes.

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 statues. 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 in 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 understating 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 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. Office. Stand him down.


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1 posted on 02/20/2003 10:10:12 AM PST by Bob J
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To: Fidgit
ping
2 posted on 02/20/2003 10:12:35 AM PST by homeschool mama
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To: Bob J
Absolutely excellent. I think I'll e-mail this to some friends.
3 posted on 02/20/2003 10:13:46 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Bob J
bump
4 posted on 02/20/2003 10:15:44 AM PST by cinFLA
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To: janee
Good stuff!
5 posted on 02/20/2003 10:16:48 AM PST by Myrnick
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To: Bob J
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. (kill them)

IMHO

6 posted on 02/20/2003 10:18:29 AM PST by w_over_w (Boolean[ ]a=God.Light)
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To: Bob J
wow. I'm sending this around.
7 posted on 02/20/2003 10:18:38 AM PST by moodyskeptic
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To: Bob J
Thank you for posting this!
8 posted on 02/20/2003 10:20:53 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: Bob J
"It is yet true that we will bear any burden, pay any price, to preserve our freedoms."

A judge who not only speaks the truth but is not afraid to say it in public!?

He musta been overlooked by the Clunkton trash.

God bless this judge for standing up for right.

Too bad he couldn't have given Reid what he deserved - A FIRING SQUAD.

9 posted on 02/20/2003 10:23:29 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's All About You - It's All About Me - It's All About Being Free!)
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To: Bob J
Excellent. I will make sure that my children read this.
10 posted on 02/20/2003 10:32:51 AM PST by MJemison
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To: Bob J
"And I was wondering if they will remember us hundred years from now, or a thousand. Then I figured: probably not."
"But it doesn't matter. We did what we did because it was right, not to be remembered. History will attend to itself, it
Babylon 5
11 posted on 02/20/2003 10:33:28 AM PST by Diana Rose (I hate all things french)
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To: Constitution Day; Chancellor Palpatine; Poohbah
Make sure you tell them to "hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes" on Mr. Richard Reid.
12 posted on 02/20/2003 10:39:57 AM PST by wimpycat (Well it's good that you're fine and I'm fine. I agree with you. It's great to be fine.)
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To: Bob J
"And I was wondering if they will remember us hundred years from now, or a thousand. Then I figured: probably not."
"But it doesn't matter. We did what we did because it was right, not to be remembered. History will attend to itself, it always does."

Babylon 5
13 posted on 02/20/2003 10:43:27 AM PST by Diana Rose (I hate all things french)
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To: Diana Rose
History is written by the historians.
14 posted on 02/20/2003 10:46:50 AM PST by Bob J (Join the Free Republic Network! www.freerepublic.net)
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To: Bob J
Let the message go forth to the Al Qaeda, other terrorists, and those who want to back them anywhere on the globe. Think you're tough? You want to kill our families, blow up civilians? Stand by! We are sending our very best to hunt you down and take you out. These are the guys who are coming to get you. These are the guys who will climb into the mountains and into the darkened caves halfway around the world and look you in the eye, toe to toe, with any weapon at hand (ours or yours), to take you out. These guys have trained longer, are stronger, harder, faster, tougher, and more relentless and lethal than anything you will ever produce. And we will arm them with the best money can buy, from Spectre gunships and thermobaric bombs to knives sharper than any box cutter you can sneak on a plane. They are now on your trail. They're hunting you down. How's it feel to be a terrorist now? Never bring a box cutter to a Jihad.
S.Ops. Soldier in the Field, Kandahar, Afgan.

15 posted on 02/20/2003 11:15:17 AM PST by w_over_w (Boolean[ ]a=God.Light)
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To: Bob J
After reading this all I can say is:

SOME DAYS IT DOES PAY TO GET OUT OF BED.

16 posted on 02/20/2003 11:15:34 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: Bob J
Excellent read, Thank You for posting it
17 posted on 02/20/2003 11:32:16 AM PST by MJY1288 (It's Time To Roll)
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To: Bob J
Ping for a powerful message.
18 posted on 02/20/2003 11:39:20 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE.)
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To: Bob J
Wow!

So...when will he be eligible for parole, then?

20 posted on 02/20/2003 12:56:25 PM PST by Fredgoblu
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To: pettifogger
A welcome piece of judicial sanity.
21 posted on 02/20/2003 1:01:28 PM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (those who unilaterally beat their swords into plowshares wind up plowing for those who don't)
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To: Bob J
OUTSTANDING! Thanks for posting this.
22 posted on 02/20/2003 1:29:46 PM PST by malakhi (fundamentalist unitarian)
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To: Bob J
This guy really doesn't sound like a Democrat.
23 posted on 02/20/2003 1:32:38 PM PST by Interesting Times
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To: Interesting Times
I remember reading that (The story made the front page of the USA Today a little back) thinking, no way a Clinton would ever appoint a judge like that! Reagan appointed him. This is why we want conservative justices! Bump for MIGUEL ESTRADA!

FREEPers, I have created the ultimate Estrada activism thread. On it you will find ways to contact Senators, newsspapers, radio/tv people, organizations etc. Go there and help support Estrada. Keep the thread bumped until we get him confirmed.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/847037/posts
24 posted on 02/20/2003 1:38:50 PM PST by votelife (Free Miguel)
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To: votelife
"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."
25 posted on 02/20/2003 1:40:12 PM PST by votelife (Free Miguel)
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To: votelife
"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."

26 posted on 02/20/2003 1:41:04 PM PST by votelife (Free Miguel)
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To: Fredgoblu
I figure around July.
27 posted on 02/20/2003 1:47:59 PM PST by Bob J (Join the Free Republic Network! www.freerepublic.net)
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To: Bob J
The only thing worse than historians writing history is when they stop.
28 posted on 02/20/2003 1:48:31 PM PST by Diana Rose (I hate all things french)
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To: Bob J; Congressman Billybob
Thank you for posting this. I just received a copy by email.

This is the way America OUGHT TO BE. No secret trials, no suspension of Habaeous Corpus, no strip searches at airports, no "reasonable restrictions" on liberty to provide false security.

Just Americans, unafraid and proud of their tradition of due process.

It might be worthwhile to see some of the other sentences and rulings this Judge has issued.

Best regards,

29 posted on 03/22/2003 5:27:55 AM PST by Copernicus (A Constitutional Republic revolves around Sovereign Citizens, not citizens around government.)
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To: Copernicus
No secret trials, no suspension of Habaeous Corpus, no strip searches at airports, no "reasonable restrictions" on liberty to provide false security.

Suppose I requested examples where you see these things taking place?

30 posted on 03/22/2003 6:09:13 AM PST by _Jim (//NASA has a better safety record than NASCAR\\)
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To: _Jim
Suppose I requested examples where you see these things taking place?

I suppose I would attempt to supply you with satisfactory examples of said things.

Best regards,

31 posted on 03/22/2003 4:06:39 PM PST by Copernicus (A Constitutional Republic revolves around Sovereign Citizens, not citizens around government.)
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To: lawgirl

MUST READ! Comments by Judge Young at Sentencing in "United States vs. (Richard) Reid"!

Bravo Judge Young!   Very heartening read.

V for victory bttt


32 posted on 03/22/2003 4:16:35 PM PST by GirlShortstop
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