Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Ninth Circus--Back in Action!

Sure enough, the security of the USA is not a concern for the 9th:

A U.S. federal appeals court dropped on Tuesday one of nine criminal counts against "millennium bomber" Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian convicted of plotting to blow up Los Angeles International Airport, and ordered a lower court to recalculate his 22-year sentence.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco reversed his conviction of carrying an explosive while committing a felony. The felony was lying on a customs form by signing another man's name.

The court said it ordered the conviction reversed because the jury was not informed about the charge's link to the underlying crime.

"The government must demonstrate that the explosives aided the commission of the underlying felony in some way," Judge Pamela Ann Rymer wrote for a split three-judge panel. "There is no evidence that the explosives emboldened Ressam to lie or that he used them to 'protect himself or intimidate others."'

I'd like to know what that dumb broad would say if YOU had a trunkful of C-4 near the SanFran Federal Courthouse after having threatened to blow up a Court of Appeals.

We're near the point where the jurisprudents-in-question could be renamed "the 9th J***-off Court..."

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