Michael Bray

Author of A Time To Kill

Disparity of Sentence

26 April 2012

April 27, 2007
Disparity of Sentence (for certain types of offenders)

Michael Fortier was a convicted co-conspirator in the1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 and injured more than 500. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison on May 27, 1998. He was released in January 2006.

April 27, 2007 marked the day of the arrest of another “bomber.” Paul Ross Evans was subsequently sentenced to 40-years in prison. No deaths, no injuries.

To all but the radical abortion rights advocate, the 40-year sentence is obscene. Evans is 5 years into the 40 with no relief in sight. The disparity is plain to anyone who is paying attention to the light sentences handed down for actual murder, theft, rape, or any other real crimes.

One need look no further than his own local paper in any given month to observe an example. In my hometown paper of Wilmington, Ohio, just last week, the front page featured an article when began as follows: “A Groveport man has pled guilty in Warren County Common Pleas Court for the murder of his girlfriend . . . whose body was found by hunters in a shallow grave . . .” The convicted murderer gets “15 years to life” and is “eligible for parole” after “he has served 18 years.”

Real release from prison after real deadly deeds against real victims.

So what did Paul Ross Evans really do?

Here it is:

1. The First Church of Satan in San Francisco, California was targeted with a mail bomb; the return address was given to be as another Satanic “church” called The Temple of the Set. Not detonated.

2. Mailed two threatening letters: one to an abortionist in Beverly Hills, CA and another to a producer of pornography.

3. Michael Newdow was sent threatening letters in response to Newdow’s campaign to take “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance and his opposition to Franklin Graham’s delivery of the invocation at President Bush’s 2001 inauguration. A fake bomb was sent with the letters with the pornographer’s home listed for the return address. The package was opened by addressee at the local Post Office.

4. An alleged Satanist was sent a pipe-bomb with the return address of another Satanist. The target allegedly distributed Satanist literature directed to children. Device, unopened, was recovered by agents of law enforcement.

5. Bomb left at “Sinsations,” sex shop on South First Street in Austin, TX. Bomb failed to detonate.

6. Bomb left at “The Adult Video MegaPlex” pornography retailers on Interstate Highway 35 outside of Austin, Texas. Bomb recovered by agents of law enforcement.

7. Large I.E.D. left at front door of Austin Women’s Health Clinic (abortion mill). Abortuary evacuated. Employees irritated. Bomb detonated by agents of law enforcement.

Most ironic are the comparatively light sentences handed down for those who have been convicted of actual WMD crimes. The government said that a group of eleven men were responsible for the February 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than 1,000. They were convicted on October 1, 1995 and sentenced on January 17, 1996 not only for that successful bombing and murder but for seditious conspiracy in their roles in a plot to bomb the United Nations, FBI headquarters in Manhattan, two tunnels in New York and a bridge connecting New Jersey with Manhattan. That failed plan was to happen in one day.

The leader of the pack – the blind Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman – was also the main culprit who was convicted in a plot to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Born in Egypt in 1938, his involvement with killing people goes back to allegations of his issuing a fatwah calling for the assassination of Anwar Sadat. He was sentenced to spend what little time he had left in life – in prison. (Not a bad retirement for some third-world inhabitants, though it costs American tax payers $65 per day to house him plus the extra care given those with septuagenarian health needs. But we drift from the subject.)

Of the eleven guilty defendants, there were two cousins: Fadil and Amir Abdelghani. The first was sentenced to 25 years, the other to 30.

Consider Amir Abdelghani – one particular defendant in the case of the attack upon the World Trade Center in 1993. He is an inmate who has been in USP McCreary, Kentucky with Paul Ross Evans for several years now. Abdelghani is a pleasant enough fellow, according to Evans, and he is looking forward to getting out in a few more years. He will have done about 25 actual years on his 30-year sentence.

Not too equitable even if Evans’s crimes were really crimes.

Let us say it again. Amir Abdelghani is:

1) A conspirator in the failed attempt to bomb the following: the United Nations building, FBI headquarters, two New York City tunnels, one bride connecting New York to New Jersey.

2) A conspirator in the successful bombing of the World Trade Center in which six people were killed and more than 1000 were injured.

Evans, on the other hand, is a solitary planner in the failed attempt to “bomb” (with either the relatively miniscule firepower of a firecracker or with fake bombs) two sex shops, a Satanist temple, a Satanist, one “abortuary” (a.k.a. “clinic”), and two successful mailings of menacing letters to a couple pornographers.

Abdelghani gets 30. Ross gets 40.

The unforgivable difference is that Ross attacked the sacred right to abortion.

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