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‘Millennial bomber’ Ressam’s term too short, appeals court says – Seattle Times

On March 12, 2012, the Seattle Times reported that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had

"rebuked longtime U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour for sentencing 'millennial bomber' Ahmed Ressam to a relatively light sentence of 22 years in prison and has ordered Ressam to reappear before Coughenour for resentencing."

Ressam, an Algerian national was arrested in 1999 after attempting to cross into the United States from Canada with "electronic timers, powders and liquids in the trunk of his rental car."  This is the second time that the 9th Circuit had overturned Ressam's sentence for being too light.  According to the article, while federal sentencing guidelines provide for a 65 year to life sentence, Ressam received a lighter sentence in part, for his cooperation with federal authorities in providing information on al-Qaida.

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