August 27, 2005
Government appealing millennium bomber sentence
As detailed in this post, Ahmed Ressam, who plotted to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium, received a 22-year federal sentence last month. US District Judge John Coughenour made some notable remarks about the war or terror at the sentencing and his imposition of 22-year federal sentence was less than the 35 years the government was seeking.
Thanks to this post over at TalkLeft, I see that the government has now appealed this sentence to the Ninth Circuit. This Reuters article and this Washington Post article provide all the basics, though they do not answer my question of whether it was Judge Coughenour's sentence or his comments that has spurred this appeal. In this post-Booker world, the government will have to convince the Ninth Circuit that the sentence is unreasonable, and it will be interesting to see the discussion of reasonableness in the briefing and in the ultimate decision in this high-profile case.
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Coming soon to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported yesterday that "U.S. attorney to appeal Ressam's 22-year term; Terrorist deserves a longer sentence, McKay says." And The Seattle Times reported yes... [Read More]
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