Bush plotter wants life sentence tossed
A U.S. man who became an al-Qaida terrorist and plotted to assassinate then-President George W. Bush is asking a federal appeals court in Virginia to throw out his life sentence.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in the case Thursday.
Ahmed Abu Ali initially was given a 30-year sentence, but the appeals court rejected that as too lenient. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee then sentenced Ali to life in prison.
Abu Ali claims the life sentence is substantially harsher than others convicted of terrorism. He also says Lee improperly punished him for exercising his constitutional rights to a jury trial and to remain silent.
The Associated Press
| December 9, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
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