Sunday, April 6, 2008

On this day

On April 6, ...
... 2001, an Algerian who'd been living in Canada, Ahmed Ressam, was convicted twice in 1 day, in France and in the United States. The former conviction, delivered in absentia, related to charges of belonging to a "support network" of terrorists. The latter, returned by a jury in Los Angeles, California, related to charges of trying to bring explosives into the United States shortly before the country was set to celebrate New Year's 2000, marked (albeit, perhaps, inaccurately) as the dawn of a new millennium. On March 25, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in an appeal of the latter conviction and sentence; newly installed Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey argued on behalf of the United States. The case of United States v. Ressam is now under advisement.
... 1793 (215 years ago today), French revolutionaries established the Committee of Public Safety, an event that helped to touch off the bloody, yearlong period known as the Reign of Terror and symbolized by the weapon of execution, the guillotine (right).

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