29 September 2004
From the Department of Gimme A Break
"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh has asked that his 20-year prison sentence be commuted. Counsel for Lindh pointed out that Yaser Esam Hamdi, also accused of aiding the Afghan "militant" group, is being released and exiled to Saudi Arabia without criminal charges being filed, and that "comparable conduct should be treated in comparable ways in terms of sentencing."
A spokesman for the Department of Justice noted that, unlike Hamdi, Lindh had actually entered a guilty plea.
In other news, Governor Schwarzenegger's office could not confirm a report that the Menendez brothers had petitioned him for clemency on the grounds that they are orphans.
(Update, 4 pm: John Ashcroft isn't buying it: "Lindh was fully adjudicated and had his opportunity in court to state his position, and the system operated to provide a punishment for his activities, which were clear and unmistakable.")