John Walker Lindh asks Bush to commute sentence

John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban", asked President Bush Tuesday to commute his 20-year prison sentence for aiding the Taliban. Lindh's lawyer, James Brosnahan, said Lindh was just a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time and that his sentence should be reduced in light of the sanction imposed on Yaser Esam Hamdi, another American citizen captured in Afghanistan and held for aiding the Taliban.

Hamdi is being released today after almost three years in detention as an "enemy combatant". Brosnahan said the negotiated 20-year sentence against Lindh was made when juries felt the "highest state of fear." Read the plea agreement between Lindh and the US government here [PDF]. Review case materials on US v. John Walker Lindh from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. AP has more.

 

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