Supreme Court to hear case of would-be millennium bomber

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    Supreme Court to hear case of would-be millennium bomber

    [SIZE=-1]11:07 AM PST on Friday, December 7, 2007

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    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider reinstating part of the conviction of would-be millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam, a case the government says will greatly affect terrorism prosecutions.

    Ressam, an Algerian national, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2005 after being convicted on nine counts for plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport around Jan. 1, 2000. Customs agents in Port Angeles caught him with explosives in the trunk of his rental car when he drove off a ferry from British Columbia in December 1999. The ensuing scare prompted the cancellation of New Year's celebrations at Seattle's Space Needle.

    The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out one count, in which Ressam was convicted of carrying explosives during the commission of another serious crime.

    The appeals court said the law required prosecutors to show the explosives were carried "in relation to" the felony, which in this case was lying on a Customs form.

    The government argued it would be much harder to prosecute terrorists if that interpretation of the law is allowed to stand. Other appeals courts have said that nothing in the provision says the explosives "must have been carried 'in relation to' the underlying felony," Solicitor General Paul Clement said in asking the high court to hear the case.

    Arguments probably will take place in March.

    The appeals court sent the case back to a lower court to issue a new sentence, and also asked the judge to explain the rationale behind the 22-year term, which prosecutors had challenged as too lenient. That move now will await a Supreme Court ruling.

    The case is United States v. Ressam, 07-455.
  2. Hmm... I didn't know anything about this case. What was I doing back in 2000? ::::thinking::::: Rats, I don't recall.
  3. wow i didn't know about this case.
    i think i were in bali with my friends :p
  4. I forgot about this... but only 22 years. That is SCARY