Season One

Episode 9: Sentencing Day

In the last episode we talked about all the community activity on behalf of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain between their guilty verdicts on October 10, 2006 and their sentencing, which was rescheduled to March 8, 2007.

In this episode we’ll focus on sentencing day, March 8, and we’ll hear the opinions on the whole case, from community members, to media, to other prisoners, to some of us. And we will end with Yassin and Mohammed’s own thoughts, from the court transcript of their sentencing statements.

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Episode 10: Fallout

The last episode covered Sentencing Day, March 8, 2007 and brought you readings of support letters and editorials from community members, newspapers, and the defendants themselves. All were trying to get the judge to give Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain lenient sentences, instead of the 30 years to life that was recommended by federal guidelines.
The Bureau of prisons is required to place a prisoner no more than 500 miles from home so that the family can visit. But this did not happen with either Mohammed or Yassin.

Sentencing day will show you how doubts about both the case and the tactics remained in the minds of nearly everyone. An article by the Times Union reporter who covered the case actually provided new information about the case! The FBI’s press release and press conference continue to raise questions about their guilt or innocence.

Terror Talk is a story that has a beginning, a middle and eventually an ending. To understand the whole story, you may wish to start at the beginning, with Episode 1.

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