Thursday, November 16, 2006

9th Cir. Reviews Ressam Sentence

Ahmed Ressam was convicted of nine felonies, including conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism. After he cooperated with the government by giving information about others involved, Judge Coughenour (W.D. Wash.) sentenced him to 22 years in prison. Now the prosecution is challenging the sentence, saying it was too lenient. Oral arguments were Monday. Justice Department argues for tougher sentence for Ressam, Seattle Times, Nov. 14, 2006. See also Lawyers to argue Ressam sentence before appeals court, Seattle Times, Nov. 12, 2006.

Ressam is represented by Tom Hillier, Federal Public Defender (and Trial Ad instructor).

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