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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Would-be Wrigley bomber apologizes

A young Lebanese immigrant awaiting sentencing for placing a backpack he thought held a bomb near Chicago’s Wrigley Field wrote a letter to the judge saying he drank “all day, every day” for months before the would-be attack.

In a seven-page letter to U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman, Sami Samir Hassoun apologizes and insists he has worked hard at becoming a better person, including by taking yoga instruction in jail.

The letter was included in a defense filing this week. Hassoun, in custody since his 2010 arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced April 5.

...He describes feeling despondent and confused with his new life as a bakery worker, frustrated by broken dreams of becoming rich after he and his parents moved to the U.S. from Lebanon in 2008.

“By two to three months before my crime, I was drinking all day, every day,” he wrote. “I would open a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black in the morning and finish it by evening, while also drinking vodka and beer.”

He smoked marijuana regularly and sometimes used cocaine and ecstasy, he wrote.

Thanks to Foxen.

 

Repoz Posted: March 23, 2013 at 09:22 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rough Carrigan Posted: March 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4394933)
So . . he was just another bleacher bum.
   2. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4394957)
Well, we've got that joke in, time to close the thread.
   3. Hack Wilson Posted: March 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM (#4394958)
He describes feeling despondent and confused with his new life as a bakery worker, frustrated by broken dreams


What does he know about broken dreams--I've been a Cub fan for more than 60 years. Wrigley should have been blown up decades ago.
   4. Sunday silence Posted: March 23, 2013 at 01:47 PM (#4394977)
I'm smoking pot, snorting coke and getting drunk. Gawd I hate this effin country. I want to go back to Lebanon!
   5. Guapo Posted: March 23, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4394979)
“By two to three months before my crime, I was drinking all day, every day,” he wrote. “I would open a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black in the morning and finish it by evening, while also drinking vodka and beer.”


Hassoun also confessed that he occasionally used an alias while planning his crime- "George Thorogood".
   6. bobm Posted: March 23, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4394984)
FTFA:

Prosecutors want a 30-year prison sentence for the 25-year-old, who pleaded guilty to weapons charges last year. The defense filing argues Hassoun deserves no more than 20 years, in part because they contend he was egged on by an FBI informant to concoct the bombing scheme.

In his plea agreement, Hassoun admitted he dropped what he believed was a bomb into a trash bin on a crowded street by the Chicago Cubs' stadium in 2010. The fake device was given to him by undercover FBI agents who had been tipped off by the informant.


With all that drinking, maybe his lawyers should have argued it was all a misunderstanding. "No, your Honor, he thought they asked him if he wanted to get bombed at Wrigley."
   7. Publius Publicola Posted: March 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM (#4394986)
“By two to three months before my crime, I was drinking all day, every day,” he wrote. “I would open a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black in the morning and finish it by evening, while also drinking vodka and beer.”

He smoked marijuana regularly and sometimes used cocaine and ecstasy, he wrote.


This guy's a muslim?
   8.  Shoeless Swedish Chef Posted: March 23, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4394996)
This guy's a muslim?

What religion you are depends on which set of rules you are breaking.

Not that there is anything prohibiting marijuana, ecstacy and cocaine in the Koran.
   9. zachtoma Posted: March 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4395018)
Is this "plot" another FBI entrapment scheme?

EDIT: Why of course!
   10. zonk Posted: March 23, 2013 at 04:47 PM (#4395029)
Is this "plot" another FBI entrapment scheme?


I'm actually sympathetic to this thought on a legal level, but I struggle with it on a pragmatic level... This is actually where the great moral tug-of-war between my liberal side and libertarian side lie -- on one hand, my liberal side recognizes that the individual (any individual) is imperfect and can be controlled, swayed, convinced, bullied, or otherwise unduly influenced by larger entities (the government in this case, but also corporations, et al). From a legal perspective, we have protections (like laws against entrapment, whether they're properly recognized and enforced by the authorities or not) to guard against this.

On the other, I do still believe in individual responsibility as the ultimate arbiter of when to say no or yes. The individual should still ultimately have the moral fiber and backbone to say "No, I'm not going to play any part in this."

I just don't think this is all as easy as rigid ideology on any side of the multi-dimensional equation (adding lawℴ types, paleocons, et al) would like to think it is.

I tend to mostly fall into the camp of believing the individual bears at least some ultimate responsibility for his or her actions, but that the government has more power and resources to pseudo-guide those actions and as such, ought to be held to a higher standard (and consequently, provide the legal out for the individual charged in circumstances of entrapment).

It's easy to muse on the philosophies and ideologies in such circumstances, but the practical realities are a lot messier.

   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 23, 2013 at 05:27 PM (#4395045)
In his plea agreement, Hassoun admitted he dropped what he believed was a bomb into a trash bin on a crowded street by the Chicago Cubs' stadium in 2010.

Not much of a case for entrapment. Joining a conspiracy with those you mistakenly believe to be more skilled killers doesn't constitute entrapment.
   12. asinwreck Posted: March 23, 2013 at 10:44 PM (#4395158)
Lee Elia saw something and he said something.
   13. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 24, 2013 at 01:38 AM (#4395193)
What the fuck is Elia supposed to do, go out there and let his fuckin' players get destroyed by explosives every day and be quiet about it? It's like a fuckin' Playground Zero for the cocksuckers.
   14. SteveM. Posted: March 24, 2013 at 01:58 AM (#4395196)
So how long are the Cubs going to get in in prison for the stink bomb they laid last year in Wrigley?
   15. Swoboda is freedom Posted: March 25, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4395950)
I hear Soriano is available to serve the sentence.
   16. JoeHova Posted: March 25, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4395966)
How can this dude complain about broken dreams when he was spending his days drinking, smoking weed, and doing coke? That is the American dream for most of the people I've ever known.
   17. McCoy Posted: March 25, 2013 at 03:11 PM (#4395984)
So how long are the Cubs going to get in in prison for the stink bomb they laid last year in Wrigley?

The DA is waiting for the crime to actually stop. So I expect we'll get an answer around 2015 or so.

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