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Judge Coughenour -- How do we protest this judge's idiocy?

Hugh Hewitt has some suggestions for Washington State residents.

First, defeat Washington State's Maria Cantwell and other incumbent Dems in the United States Senate who have obstructed George W. Bush's nominees to the bench. (Dino Rossi, are you listening? Please run.) Yes, this judge was an early Reagan mistake --quite obviously a gimme to a GOP Senator, and an example of how not to conduct judicial appointments. But this president isn't making those sorts of mistakes.

You can start with a contribution to Congressman Mark Kennedy, Republican candidate for the open Senate seat in MN.

Then, if you are feeling the need to make a symbolic statement concerning the judge's absurd decision and even worse reasoning, send an umbrella, the universal symbol of appeasement, to Judge Coughenour, c/o The United States Federal Courthouse, Seattle, Washington.

Maybe he will get five of Chamberlain's props, maybe 50. But each time an umbrella arrives he will know that a citizen reviewed his self-serving sentencing statement and found it the sort of timorous sophistry that encourages more attacks rather than sending any sort of message of resoluteness to the terrorists.

This judge is insane! This is a prime example of judicial overreach. The bench is not a church pulpit on which to preach. The courts have no business mendling into the executive branch's decisions. Far from being a warning, this served as an invitation to global terrorists to come into our country--our out-of-bounds, insane judges will protect you!
U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said the successful prosecution of Ahmed Ressam should serve not only as a warning to terrorists, but as a statement to the Bush administration about its terrorism-fighting tactics.

"We did not need to use a secret military tribunal, detain the defendant indefinitely as an enemy combatant or deny the defendant the right to counsel," he said Wednesday. "The message to the world from today's sentencing is that our courts have not abandoned our commitment to the ideals that set our nation apart."

He added that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have made Americans realize they are vulnerable to terrorism and that some believe "this threat renders our Constitution obsolete ... If that view is allowed to prevail, the terrorists will have won."



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