An al-Qaida-trained terrorist convicted in an attempted bombing on the millennium is appealing a federal court’s ruling that his 22-year sentence was too lenient.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 last month that the sentence for Ahmed Ressam was too short. The court removed U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour from the case, saying it doubted his impartiality after he twice sentenced Ressam to 22 years.
Ressam was arrested in Port Angeles in December 1999 on his way to a planned bombing of Los Angeles International Airport.
The Associated Press