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Manhattan Federal Court Sentences Terrorists

The New York Times reports that three men from Mali accused of conspiring to transport cocaine across continents in support of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations were sentenced by Judge Barbara S. Jones of the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Although prosecutors requested the maximum sentence be imposed—15 years for each man—the judge sentenced two of the defendants to five years and the third to 46 months, with the latter receiving credit for time served, according to the article.

The Times further reports that the sentences, which may seem lenient, were the product of the judge’s perception of the defendants. Specifically, the article states:

To [the judge], [the defendants] were terrorists not driven by ideology or anti-American sentiment, but rather by money and difficult family circumstances.

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