Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Light Sentence for Millenium Bomber

The millenium bomber, Ahmed Ressam, who was caught entering the U.S. from Canada on December 31, 1999 with explosives to blow up L.A. International airport, was sentenced today. Judge Coughenour sentenced Ressam to 22 years, of which he has already served 5.5 years. He originally was subject to a possible sentence of 130 years. Ressam may get out before Lindie England, who was convicted for mistreating prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

When the judge explained the sentence, he was more concerned with making a political statement against the conduct of the War on Terror. The same federal judge sentenced Montana Militia members to 22.5 years for conspiracy against the banking system, a crime that did not threaten the lives of hundreds of people. The judge has poor judgment and upside-down priorities.

Judge Coughenour, who was appointed by Pres. Reagan, is the kind of Republican appointee desired by the Democrats. Republicans would be wise to appoint juges with better judgement and better priorities, instead of judges like Coughenour.

(See Hugh Hewitt for more.)

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