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"terrorism" related prosecutions yield few long sentences

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    The following article, attributed only to wire services, appeared on page A6 of the Monday, December 8, 2003 edition of the Arizona Republic. Apparently the
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 8, 2003
      The following article, attributed only to wire services, appeared on page A6
      of the Monday, December 8, 2003 edition of the Arizona Republic. Apparently
      the "Justice" Department's efforts to smear large numbers of innocent people
      as "terrorists" are bearing little fruit. From the length of the median
      sentences, it seems most of those convicted were intimidated into plea
      bargains. Sleazy tactics like these obviously have nothing to do with real
      justice.

      --Kevin Walsh

      FEW GETTING LONG TERMS IN TERROR PROSECUTIONS

      Washington--The Justice Department has sharply increased prosecution of
      terrorism-related cases since the September 11 attacks but many fizzled
      and few produced significant prison time, a study released Sunday finds.

      About 6,400 people were referred by investigators for criminal charges
      involving terror in the two years after the attacks, but fewer than one-
      third actually were charged and only 879 were convicted, according to
      government records reviewed by Syracuse University's Transactional Records
      Access Clearinghouse.

      The median prison sentence was just 14 DAYS, [emphasis mine, -K.W.],
      according to a study. Only five people were sentenced to 20 years or
      more.
    • mike ross
      The Arizona Libertarian Party has been victorious in its lawsuit against the state of Arizona in the Open Primary case.
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 9, 2003
        The Arizona Libertarian Party has been victorious in its lawsuit
        against the state of Arizona in the Open Primary case.



        http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/3BF2CDA81178B6BE88256DF30079D572/$file/0216535.pdf?openelement



        The above link is to the opinion of the 9th circuit court of appeals.



        Although the 9th circuit ruled the selection of party officers by
        non-libertarians (15,000 libertarians vs. 350,000-400,000
        independents) in an open primary that also selects Precinct
        Committeemen, the 9th Circuit’s logic is twisted and strained and
        lacking any consistency or understanding of the US or State
        constitutions. The 9th Circuit wishes to limit the ruling to _only_
        the Libertarian Party in an attempt to support a totally flawed
        election system that ignores the 1st Amendment’s right of association.



        Even though this ruling may increase the freedoms of those associated
        with the Libertarian Party, it leaves the rest of the electorate in
        shackles. It is not surprising that libertarian activists are not
        satisfied and the battle will continue. However, as may have been the
        intent, the standing of the Libertarian Party to challenge in the name
        of the rest of the electorate is severely limited when our interests
        may have been addressed. I say ‘may’ since portions of the case has
        been sent back to the District Court level for further consideration.
        The 9th circuit has absolutely no clue how to handle this case
        knowing that it will eventually wind up in the Supreme Court. An Open
        Primary System that forces association with non-party members in the
        internal selection of representative candidates and officers of the
        party’s internal structure is totally flawed fundamentally.



        Arizona Libertarian Party, Inc. attorney, David Hardy, will be on the
        Radio Show with Ernest Hancock Friday the 12th of December at Noon to
        detail the opinion of the 9th Circuit and the future of the issue.



        The Arizona State Legislature is going to be plenty busy J



        Ernie





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