Thursday, January 18, 2007

9th Cir. Reverses One Ressam Count

The Ninth Circuit reversed one of Ahmed Ressam's nine convictions related to the attempted bombing of LAX. The case is remanded to District Judge John Coughenour "to arrive at an appropriate sentence on the remaining counts of the conviction." The prosecution had appealed the sentence (22 years) as being too light. Appeals court throws out 1 Ressam felony conviction, Seattle Times, Jan. 17, 2007.

Ressam is represented by federal public defender Tom Hillier (also a Trial Ad instructor).

The case is here: United States v. Ressam, No. 05-30422 (9th Cir. Jan. 16, 2007). Judge Alarcon dissented.

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