Maryland man gets year in jail for “eradicate Islam” email
Posted on December 1, 2010 by creeping
How many Muslims are prosecuted, investigated even, for their threatening emails, comments, tweets, etc? Sharia is a one-way street. 12-months jail, 12-months supervised release, and a $3,000 fine. via Post Now – Md. man sentenced for threats to mosque.
A 25-year-old Maryland man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to threatening the members of a mosque in Illinois.
The U.S. Department of Justice says Ilya Sobolevskiy was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Urbana.
Authorities say Sobolevskiy pleaded guilty in August to violating the civil rights of members of the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center.
According to authorities, Sobolevskiy wrote in an e-mail to a member of the mosque that he would “do WHATEVER it takes to eradicate Islam.”
Judge David Bernthal called Sobolevskiy’s e-mail “an act of terror” and gave him the maximum possible sentence.
A first person account of the court proceedings via Criminalizing Free Speech: The Kafkaesque Persecution of Ilya Sobolevskiy (Atlas Shrugs)
The defendant took the initiative to contact law enforcement about the Islamic group’s apparent jihadist sympathies.
In spring of 2008, the defendant, against his better judgment, fired off some nasty emails. For that, he got the maximum penalty: 12 months incarceration, a fine, and 12 months of supervised release.
The defendant was unjustly punished out of proportion to the crime (if it was a crime at all). The government twisted the law to “make an example” out of someone who did not deserve it. I was present at the hearings, so I can attest to what happened during the proceedings.
Moreso, many activists of all stripes regularly receive threats far harsher than what the defendant said. For example, Robert Spencer regularly receives death threats that he publishes on his website, jihadwatch.com. To my knowledge, few if any of those threats by Muslims are investigated or prosecuted.