Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Would Be Jihadist Gets 30 Years

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Nader Elhuzayel

"Heigh ho
heigh ho
It's off to jail I go

"In a court brief filed prior to the sentencing, Pal Lengyel-Leahu, Elhuzayel’s attorney, described his client as a lost young man whose family was hit hard by the financial downturn."

The tears were flowing, and the hearts were bleeding as an Anaheim man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring and attempting to join the Islamic State. Every excuse in the book was given by his family and the attorney representing Nader Elhuzayel, but the judge wasn't buying it.

"Elhuzayel’s family reacted with disbelief to the judge’s decision. His mother, Falak, exclaimed “there is no justice in this country, no justice whatsoever” as she left the courtroom.
“He is a peace-loving human being,” said Nader Elhuzayel’s father, Salem, outside the courtroom. “We experienced a miscarriage of justice.”

Clearly, Elhuzayel's parents do not understand American conspiracy law. It states that if two or more persons (In this case, Elhuzayel and his accomplice, Mohanad Badawi) agree to violate a law and one or more persons to that agreement commit at least one overt act in furtherance of that conspiracy, the crime is complete. The overt act need not be the substantive act itself or even a crime. Thus, the purchase of the airline ticket and Elhuzayel's travel to the airport were sufficient. If that seems harsh, imagine if the attempted crime was murder. Do the police have to wait until the actual murder is committed before they intervene? Of course not.

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