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    Shoe-throwing journalist sentenced to 3 years in prison


    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Muntadher al-Zaidi, the man seen as a hero in some circles for throwing his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush, was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday by an Iraqi court.
    TV reporter Muntadher al-Zaidi, shown in a file photo, was jailed after throwing his shoes at President Bush.

    Al-Zaidi threw his shoes at Bush during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in December in Baghdad.
    Neither shoe hit the president, and other people in the room quickly knocked al-Zaidi to the ground before security officials arrested him.
    Family members and journalists were cleared from the courtroom before Thursday's verdict.
    After news of the verdict reached family members, al-Zaidi's brother appeared close to fainting. Other family members were seen crying and shouting curses about al-Maliki and Bush.
    Al-Zaidi was a journalist who worked for the television network al-Baghdadia. The network also called for his release shortly after the incident.
    He explained his actions during an hourlong appearance last month in the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. Asked whether anyone pushed or motivated him, al-Zaidi said he was spurred by the "violations that are committed against the Iraqi people."
    In the Middle East, throwing shoes at someone is traditionally a sign of contempt.
    Al-Zaidi's angry gesture touched a defiant nerve throughout the Arab and Muslim world. He is regarded by many people as a hero, and demonstrators took to the streets in the Arab world and called for his release shortly after the incident.


    Al-Zaidi, who faced a charge of assaulting a visiting head of state, had 17 lawyers to defend him. There were also three judges in the courtroom, along with the prosecutor and family members.

    In December, his defense team told CNN that he could face 15 years in prison if convicted. But al-Zaidi's defense team was hoping to change his charge to an insult rather than assault, which would have brought about three months in prison rather than three years.
    Shoe-throwing journalist sentenced to 3 years in prison - CNN.com

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    The shoe-thrower gets three years, and George Bush is still walking around free after committing crimes at home and abroad? There really is no justice in the world.

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    THREE YEARS FOR THROWING A SHOE?! I'm devastated.

    How ridiculous. Baby rapers get less time than that. All he did was throw a fucking shoe that didn't even hit anybody.
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    If this guy had thrown shoes at Saddam Hussein, they would have cut his hands off and made him eat them.

    Getting only a three-year sentence under the current regime is a pretty big improvement.

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    As a group can he send him a GR care package?

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    Hell, lets hire Robert Shapiro to get his ass off!! Geez.....this is insane!

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    not a bad lookin guy either. he'll get plenty of lurv in the pokey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMama View Post
    As a group can he send him a GR care package?
    Included will be:

    a small mango tree
    a button that says LEAVE JENNI A LOOOONE!
    and of course, a roll of stickers with pictures of Kanye looking devastated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmmdee View Post
    Included will be:

    a small mango tree
    a button that says LEAVE JENNI A LOOOONE!
    and of course, a roll of stickers with pictures of Kanye looking devastated!
    And dont forget some reading material! I suggest Stephan King's IT

    I heard that he is appealing - I have a funny feeling that he wont stay in prison for long.

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    damn he's hot, but wtf?! 3 years for that?!

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    heh, on bbc news they announced this after a story about an MP who killed a few people in a car accident whilst texting and driving. The MP served 16 days of his sentence.




    3 years for SHOE THROWING??? WTF?


    This world is sick.

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    ^ nice

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    I wish we could send him letters of encouragement. This is bullshit! Especially when the MP only served 16 days in jail when he killed people.
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    3 yrs? the guy should get an award!!!
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    yeah no kidding!!

    arab men can be so fine damn!

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