Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built
into his shoe and tried to light it? His trial is
How much of this Judge's comments did you hear on TV?
Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.
Ruling by Judge William 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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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