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A gutsy verdict

Judge William Young
Judge Young

I thought this might be of interest to those who haven’t seen this information, which is being circulated via e-mail. I checked out the truth of the story at and this is an accurate report of the verdict delivered by Judge William Young in the case of Richard C. Reid, a would-be terrorist who was prevented from igniting plastic explosives hidden in his shoe on an American Airlines flight in 2001.

After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid boasted of his “allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,” defiantly adding: “I think I will not apologize for my actions … I am at war with your country.”

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below.

-Terry Rondberg

“Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

“On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively. (That’s 80 years.)

“On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that’s an aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government’s recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

“The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

“This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence.

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Winning the ‘Texas Humanitarian’ Award

Terry Rondberg wins Texas Humanitarian AwardOne of the main reasons I got into chiropractic was to help people and ease their pain. It’s still something that drives me today. When I look back on my career, one of the proudest moments was being presented with the Sterling Pruitt award. In a couple of weeks, it will be 11 years since I received the honor, but it still means a lot to me. And whatever I’m working on today, helping people remains at the forefront of my thoughts. Below is the original article announcing the award.

Dr. Terry Rondberg wins ‘Texas Humanitarian’ Award

Dr. Terry A. Rondberg, CEO of the World Chiropractic Alliance and publisher of The Chiropractic Journal, was presented with the prestigious “Sterling Pruitt Humanitarian Award,” by the Chiropractic Society of Texas (CST).

The award, presented on April 9, 1999, is named after one of Texas’ most beloved and respected chiropractic pioneers and is given “In appreciation of distinguished service to our fellow man in the interest of public health and for dedication to public health and for dedication to the sick and suffering of the State of Texas.”
According to Society spokesman R.J. Kelly, D.C., “This award is the highest honor given by the CST and recognizes the chiropractor who has done the most for the profession… It is our belief that Dr. Rondberg is truly a warrior and visionary in chiropractic and we are very proud to acknowledge him with this award.”

On a more personal note, Dr. Kelly said that, in regards to the Rondberg award, he was reminded of a remark coach Bum Phillips made describing Earl Campbell: “He may not be the only one in his class, but it doesn’t take long to call roll.”

Kelly added: “Terry Rondberg has not only been extraordinary at identifying problems within the profession, but also at doing something about them. He saw that we did not have a periodical that represented principled chiropractic, so he created one. He found there were no books on chiropractic for the lay public; he has now written several. Observing that there was no association to act as a watchdog for ‘the principles,’ he created the WCA. Discovering that there was no ethical congruent malpractice insurance available, Dr. Rondberg established CBS.”

The choice of Dr. Rondberg to receive the award was unusual since it is ordinarily given to doctors within the state of Texas. Dr. Sid Williams was another “non-Texan” to receive the award in the past.
In accepting the award, Rondberg said he was “incredibly moved by the honor, particularly since the state is filled with principled doctors who have gained a widespread reputation for their diligent defense of subluxation-based chiropractic.”

He noted that he was accepting it on behalf of all doctors who continue to uphold the principles of chiropractic, and will be motivated to continue his work to make subluxation-based chiropractic the number one health care choice of the new millennium.