3/1/2005 - Texas Man Gets 30 Years for (setting) Muslim Business Fires
- Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 10:00:54 -0800 (PST)
From: assalamu alaykum <assalamu_alaikum_1425@...>
Subject: DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS
Texas Man Gets 30 Years for Muslim Business Fires
Tue Mar 1, 2005
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) -
A Texas man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison
for setting a string of fires at Muslim-owned
businesses in San Antonio in 2003 and 2004,
prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Thomas Carroll, 33, pleaded guilty to three counts of
arson that were classified as hate crimes in a deal
with Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed.
Carroll set fire to businesses that were owned or
operated by immigrants from India and Pakistan, said
Reed in a statement. No one was hurt, but the
businesses were badly damaged or destroyed.
"These crimes were targeted against people because of
their national origin and were designed to spread fear
throughout the whole community," she said.
"Terrorists commit crimes based on hatred of a people
or a religion and such acts will not be tolerated and
will be dealt with firmly."
Carroll was out on bail at the time of the fires for
ramming his Toyota SUV into a Muslim-owned gasoline
He is a former auto transmission shop owner who told
police and reporters after his arrest last year that
he was not linked to any hate groups and had nothing
Sarwat Husain, the head of the Council for American
Islamic Relations chapter in San Antonio, praised the
sentence for Carroll.
"The stiff sentence handed down in this case sends a
positive message to the American Muslim community that
bias-motivated attacks will be prosecuted with vigor,"
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=7777115The government and the NEWS should reflect, not determine, the desires of the people.The news is to be reported not to sway opinion. Stop the melodrama and constant trivia on news time. The founding fathers knew that government is always corrupt, that is why they gave us civil liberties. The people must lead to survive corrupt governments. Read the constitution. (In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this includes information for research and educational purposes.) Al Soto (c) 2005
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