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Monday, April 26, 2010


You might think it’s a little strange, but I have a favorite judge. His name is Bill Young, and he is a U.S. District Court Judge. He has been my favorite Judge since January 30th 2003, when he sentenced Richard Reid, the infamous “Shoe Bomber” to life in prison plus 110 years. But it was what he said to the terrorist that made him my favorite judge.

With the muslim extremist standing before him in shackles; Judge Young said “We are not afraid or you or 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 utmost respect. Here in this court, where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as human beings, we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are just a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are just a terrorist. To give you that preference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. You are nothing more than a terrorist. 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 we bring them to justice.

You are no warrior Mr. Reid. I have known warriors. You are just a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders. Why you tried something so horrific, I can only guess at; but it seems to me that 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 country, Mr. Reid, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry that freedom everywhere, from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually and discreetly..

Judge Young went on; We go 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 as Americans, we will indeed, bare any burden, pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.

And here in this courtroom, and in courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, not war, individual justice, is in fact being done, and that justice will be molded and shaped by juries of American citizens, and will continue to refine and strengthen our very sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That is the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly long after this day is forgotten. That flag stands for freedom, and you know that it always will.

Powerful, powerful words of Judge William Young, a true American patriot; as he sentenced Richard Reid, the “Shoe Bomber” to life in prison. Words that our country, words that the entire world needs to hear. Words that we need to remember. Words that we must continue to live by, and if necessary, die for.

God Bless Judge William Young; and God Bless the United States of America.

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