Albany court mulls: Is gang member a terrorist?
Posted at: 10/08/2012 2:30 PM
By: Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, New York passed a law making it a crime to intimidate a civilian population through violence.
Now the NY State court of appealswill consider whether the street gangsters who crashed a Bronx christening party, starting a fight that left a 10-year-old bystander dead, are also terrorists who deserve longer prison time.
The question is whether Edgar Morales, a member of the St. James Boys convicted of the 2002 shooting, intended to intimidate the community or just send a message to rival gangsters.
A trial judge allowed the terrorism charges, and Morales was convicted and got 40 years to life in prison.
A midlevel court disagreed, ordering a shorter sentence, setting up Tuesday's first examination of the statute by the state's highest court.
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