Terrorist Threats Bring Lenient Treatment

White skin privilege results in slap-on-the-wrist The Dec. 28, 2002 edition of the News-Gazette brought news of the apparent conclusion of the case against Max Weissberg, 21, who was charged with the federal crime of transmitting an interstate communication of a threat on August 26. The threat by Weissberg was designed to discredit the Green Party campaign for Congress of Carl Estabrook by pretending it was from a non-existent group of Middle Eastern terrorists, implying that terrorists supported Estabrook for Congress. The charge against Weissberg, who admitted his responsibility for the crime, could have resulted in a prison term of five years and a maximum fine of $250,000. Instead, the charge will be completely dropped if Weissberg successfully completes a 18 month long diversion program. If Weissberg had been of Middle Eastern descent, it is very likely that this case would have had a far different outcome.

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