JUDGE WILLIAM YOUNG, SENTENCES THE SHOE BOMBER
Mon Aug 11 13:46:14 2003
JUDGE WILLIAM YOUNG, SENTENCES THE SHOE BOMBER
I hope you will read every word! Pray for more Judges like this one.
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
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
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
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 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.
How much of this Judge's comments did you hear on our TV sets? ZERO! Please pass
this around. Everyone needs to hear what the judge had to say
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