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Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?
His trial is over. Everyone should hear what the judge had to say. It's a little long, but after I was done reading it, I felt good.
Ruling by Judge William Young, U.S. District Court Judge William Young made the following statement in sentencing "shoe bomber" Richard Reid to prison.
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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 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 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.
 

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That's what I was thinking, he probably didn't get it because he didn't kill anyone. Not to worry though, his prison mates will get him I'm sure!!! hee hee hee
 

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hear hear! go judge go!

i agree with ya pauligan! burn the f*cker.
 

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QUOTE(pauligan @ Sep 19 2003, 01:40 PM)Very compelling speech...

I only wish they would have fried him so we wouldn't have to pay for him to be housed in jail for the rest of his sorry life.
Ditto!
 

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QUOTE(pauligan @ Sep 19 2003, 12:40 PM)Very compelling speech...

I only wish they would have fried him so we wouldn't have to pay for him to be housed in jail for the rest of his sorry life.
Actually, it costs less to house a human in jail for life than it does to fry someone. After all the appeals and retrials the most cost efficient thing to do is house these nut case. Problem is we don't have system where we can just wax em immediately. Personally I would prefer to nail his winkie to a barn with a rusty nail, set the barn on fire and give him a rusty hack saw and say "now get away"!!
 

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frying him would make him a marter. I feel better knowing he will now love someone named Bubba. Take that you Terrorists we will make fn b&*^ches of you in our toughest prisons. No glory for you, just humiliation as it should be.
 

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QUOTE(fatcat660 @ Sep 19 2003, 03:19 PM)frying him would make him a marter. I feel better knowing he will now love someone named Bubba. Take that you Terrorists we will make fn b&*^ches of you in our toughest prisons. No glory for you, just humiliation as it should be.
I hadn't thought of that.

But then again he might like it.
 

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Osama bin Laden was killed. He wakes up in Paradise and thinks "Oh goody where are my 1000 virgins?" All of a sudden George Washington comes up to him holds his hand out as if to shake Osamas hand. Osama is puzzled but reaches out to shake Washington's hand. Washington grabs his hand and holds it down on a table. Thomas Jefferson comes up and grabs his other hand and holds him down on the table. All of sudden Robert E. Lee comes up from behind Osama pulls his dress up and starts ramming him from behind. Osama starts screaming as he looks behind him and sees an incredibly long line of historically famous americans. He crys to the heavens "Allah what have I done to displease you? Where are my 1000 virgins like it says in the Koran?" George Washington leans down and hisses "You stupid idiot, who taught you to read? You get 1000 VIRGINIANS!!!"
 

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QUOTE(fatcat660 @ Sep 19 2003, 03:19 PM)frying him would make him a marter. I feel better knowing he will now love someone named Bubba. Take that you Terrorists we will make fn b&*^ches of you in our toughest prisons. No glory for you, just humiliation as it should be.
YYYYEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! AWESOME!

great joke, traveler!!! lol!
 
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