“SAY WHAT ?”
WRITTEN BY: REGINALD WOODS
I don’t know about your life, but I grew up in some very animated surroundings with beautiful, vibrant and lively people around who often used such euphemisms and wonderful phrasings such as “RIGHT ON,” “SAY WHAT,” “WHAT YOU SAY,” (and my all time favorite) “BOO-YOW!”…….and all of these many sayings had their very own individual contexts and meanings, but for today’s 924C blog I chose the phrase “SAY WHAT?” SAY WHAT…..was often used out of bewilderment and disbelief that something was actually happening or had already occurred, which leads me to my point… “did you know that the United States District Courts have actually sentenced TERRORISTS TO BELOW THE GUIDELINE SENTENCES?”
………….. SAY WHAT????????????
YES… United States v. Amawi No. 09-4339 (6th Cir. Aug. 23, 2012) (click the link and see for yourself.)
These men were convicted of a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and conspiracy to kill and maim persons outside the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. sub.sec. 956(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. sub.sec. 2339(A) and TWO of the THREE MEN were sentenced to an additional count of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. sub.sec. 842(p)(2)(A). The sentences of the three men are (100) months, (144) months and (240) months.
These sentences were upheld at the Appeals Court level and found to be just and Constitutionally sound?
(repeat after me)…… SAY WHAT?????????
If we can find mercy for convicted terrorists, then WHY can’t we find mercy for (American Citizens) many of whom are first time offenders of the 924(c) statute itself, or TRUE FIRST TIME OFFENDERS LIKE MYSELF who have never been in ANY type of legal troubles whatsoever?
In closing, I leave you with the immortal words of the late great Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth as he was pulled from the A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham during the “Civil Right Movement of the 1960’s” after he and Dr. Martin Luther King discussed the future of the movement, because it had appeared that the stakes were getting higher and higher and even Dr. King was clearly shaken by the tragic bombing and he asked Rev. Shuttlesworth should they continue?….Rev. Shuttlesworth calmly responded “King we are winning…whenever you see people doing stuff like this and you can be pulled out from underneath the rubble without a scratch..GOD is on your side!”
“King, there’s only one more thing that we have yet to learn about JIM CROW and racism in America.”
“What’s going to be the price for the funeral!”
So…today we victims of this draconian 924(C) stacking penalty humbly say… “SAY WHAT?”
Reginald Woods (20521-001)
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Talladega, Al 35161
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