[FoRK] Gang member convicted under terrorism laws

Robert Harley <robert.harley at gmail.com> on Fri Nov 2 13:44:19 PDT 2007

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/11/01/gang_member_convicted_under_terrorism_laws/2227/

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A jury in a New
York<http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/11/01/gang_member_convicted_under_terrorism_laws/2227/#>case
found a gang member guilty under state terrorism laws as part of
charges stemming from a 2002 shooting incident.

In the State Supreme Court in the Bronx Wednesday a jury found Edgar
Morales, 25, guilty under state terrorism laws derived from legislation
enacted after Sept. 11 imposing harsher sentences on terrorism related
incidents, The New York
Times<http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/11/01/gang_member_convicted_under_terrorism_laws/2227/#>reported
Thursday.

Morales, a member of the Mexican St. James Boys gang, was convicted in the
shooting death of an 11-year-old girl and the wounding of a rival gang
member. Because the charges filed two years ago were filed under the
terrorism law, it raises his sentence possibilities from a 15-year term to
25 years to life.

Robert T. Johnson, the Bronx district attorney, said the terrorism law was
applicable because terrorism is defined as an act meant to "intimidate or
coerce a civilian population."
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