And we are still trying to figure out what is “just” for Kasab .

I normally hate the chain mails I get in my mailbox and delete them after reading the very first line . This one , from an ex-army person , certainly made me think.

Subject: Judgement : Frank, Fair, Fearless & Fast – Unlike India.

plain COMMON SENSE . Why does it elude our judges.

Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into
his shoe and tried to light it?

you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
you see/hear any of the judge’s comments on TV or Radio?

think so. A few people do know about it !!!

should hear what the judge had to say.

by Judge William Young, US District Court.

to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say.
 His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record,
Reid also admitted his ‘allegiance to Osama bin
, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,’ defiantly
stating, ‘I think I will not apologize for my actions,’ and told the
court ‘I am at war with your country.’

Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

30, 2003, United States vs. Reid.

Young:   ‘Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court
imposes upon you.

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 consecutively.  (That’s 80 years.)

count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be
served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed.  The Court imposes
upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that’s an
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.

Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes
upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires
it.. But the life
are real life sentences so I need go no further.

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 you or any of your
terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid.  We are Americans.  We have been through the fire
before.  There is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with
the utmost respect.  Here in this court, we deal with individuals as
individuals and care for individuals as individuals.  As human beings,
we reach out for justice.

are not an enemy
.  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 the officers of
government do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a
soldier, you are not —– you are a terrorist.  And we do not negotiate
with terrorists.  We do not meet with terrorists.  We do not sign
documents with terrorists.  We hunt them down one by one and bring them
to justice.

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’ve known warriors. You are a
terrorist.  A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders.  In a
very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were
taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press
and the TV crews were, and he said: ‘You’re no big deal.’

are no big deal.

‘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?

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.

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 wind
carries freedom.  It carries 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, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you
before other judges.

Americans are all about freedom.  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.
 The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will
long endure.

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.

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.  And it always will.

Custody Officer.  Stand him down.’


how much of this Judge’s comments did we hear on our TV sets?  We need
more judges like Judge Young.  Pass this around. Everyone should and
needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that
strike home.

Please SEND this on —- so that
everyone has a chance to read it.

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