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By Roberto Loiederman | February 25, 2002
LOS ANGELES - A 20-year-old man from California takes up arms in a cause counter to U.S. military operations in Asia. When his situation becomes known, it makes banner headlines and is the lead story on TV news shows. Members of the young man's heartbroken (and broken) family give interviews; they're sure that their loved one could not have committed such acts. Some say that he's a traitor and should have his U.S. citizenship taken away. The crime is discussed in such serious terms that many think the death penalty is the appropriate judicial outcome.
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By Mary K. Tilghman | March 4, 2014
With a smudge of ash on his forehead and a friendly smile lighting up his face, the Rev. Kristofer Lindh-Payne will be spending Ash Wednesday greeting morning and evening commuters at the Ridgely Road light rail station. After a hearty "Good morning," he will remind passersby that it's Ash Wednesday and offers to draw the traditional ash cross on their foreheads. An intimate ritual taking place in a public setting, it's an unusual way to start Christianity's solemn season of Lent.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 14, 2002
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - John Walker Lindh pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he conspired to kill Americans and aided Osama bin Laden's terrorist network as the parents and widow of the first American killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan watched intently from the packed courtroom. In a quiet, polite voice, Lindh said, "Not guilty, sir," when U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III asked how he wanted to plead to the 10-count federal indictment against him. His attorneys requested a jury trial, which was tentatively scheduled to begin in late August.
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By Richard A. Serrano and Richard A. Serrano,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 5, 2007
Washington -- The parents of John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence in the country's toughest federal prison, stepped up their request for his release, noting yesterday that the first U.S. war-crimes tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, recently resulted in a sentence of just nine months for an Australian detainee held since late 2001. "John has been in prison for more than five years," said his mother, Marilyn Walker. "It's time for him to come home." This, said his lead attorney, James J. Brosnahan of San Francisco, "is a simple cry for justice."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 13, 2003
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - As thousands of Swedes continued to pay tribute to Anna Lindh, the foreign minister who was fatally stabbed at a Stockholm department store on Wednesday, the police said they might have a videotape showing her killer. The police had initially said that there was no closed-circuit television footage of the area where Lindh was attacked, but they acknowledged yesterday that they were studying a tape taken from the floor above. The store is made up of galleries around a central atrium.
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By Richard A. Serrano and Richard A. Serrano,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 5, 2007
Washington -- The parents of John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence in the country's toughest federal prison, stepped up their request for his release, noting yesterday that the first U.S. war-crimes tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, recently resulted in a sentence of just nine months for an Australian detainee held since late 2001. "John has been in prison for more than five years," said his mother, Marilyn Walker. "It's time for him to come home." This, said his lead attorney, James J. Brosnahan of San Francisco, "is a simple cry for justice."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 16, 1992
MERIBEL, France -- They came slashing down this mountain that was covered in a milky-white mist of fog and snow. There were Swiss and Germans and French and Austrians.Stuck in their tucks and their helmets, they looked like a bunch of Volkswagen bugs on skis. One by one they appeared over the ridge and rumbled to this bowl, where a crowd of 15,000 was waiting and cheering and clanging cowbells.This was to be Europe's race, this women's downhill at the Winter Olympics. And these were Europe's champions.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 25, 2002
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - John Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old American who authorities say left a wealthy San Francisco suburb to fight on a scorched desert battlefield alongside the Taliban, made his first public appearance here yesterday to face charges that he conspired to kill Americans in Afghanistan. Wearing a dark-green prison jumpsuit with his arms at his side, Lindh answered quietly but clearly, "Yes, I do," when U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Curtis Sewell asked whether he understood the charges against him. Asked whether he had any questions, Lindh replied, "No, sir, I don't have any questions."
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 5, 2002
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who took up arms to fight with the Taliban in Afghanistan, was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday after he tearfully said he had made a grave mistake. Repeatedly clenching his jaw to keep from crying, Lindh, 21, spoke clearly but with a faint foreign accent to U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III , as if English were not his native language. "I want the court to know, and I want the American people to know that had I realized then what I know now about the Taliban, I would never have joined them," he said during a 20-minute statement, as his mother and sister sobbed from a bench behind him. Lindh pleaded guilty in July to aiding the terror-sponsoring Taliban regime in a deal that spared him the threat of a life sentence.
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January 28, 2002
WHAT LEGAL consequence befalls John Walker Lindh will properly be decided in a federal courthouse. But how the nation comes to terms with this puzzling young man is a more complex matter. He's a 20-year-old, middle-class kid who seems more confused than malevolent, more daffy than threatening. The accent he feigned when he was captured and the silly bravado he has exhibited since betray an immaturity that is eerily common among this country's young adults. And yet Mr. Lindh took up with a very dangerous enemy, and involved himself in a violent religious movement that took a staggering number of American lives.
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By Richard A. Serrano and Lee Romney and Richard A. Serrano and Lee Romney,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 29, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Buoyed by the impending release of accused enemy combatant Yaser Hamdi, attorneys for John Walker Lindh filed a request for clemency with the Bush administration yesterday, asking that his 20-year sentence, the second-longest term handed down in the war on terror, be commuted. Lindh, a 23-year-old from Marin County who gained worldwide notoriety as the "American Taliban," has been in U.S. custody since late 2001 when he surrendered while fighting in Afghanistan. Captured alongside him was Hamdi, another young American whose experience shouldering a rifle for the Taliban closely mirrored Lindh's military journey through Central Asia.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 15, 2004
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - On the first day of his trial, the confessed killer of Anna Lindh, Sweden's foreign minister, denied yesterday that he had intended to kill her but said he could not ignore voices in his head telling him to attack. Lindh, 46, died of multiple stab wounds one day after she was attacked in a Stockholm department store while shopping Sept. 10. She had no bodyguard with her at the time, and her death stunned a nation that never came to terms with the still-unsolved murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.
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By Tom Hundley and Tom Hundley,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 15, 2003
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Swedes overwhelmingly rejected the euro yesterday in a referendum that was clouded by last week's killing of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, a leading proponent of the European common currency. Lindh, one of the country's most popular politicians, was stabbed by an unknown assailant Wednesday while shopping in a downtown Stockholm department store. Although opinion polls taken before the incident showed the euro going down to defeat, the national trauma of her death appeared to give last-minute impetus to the "yes" campaign.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 13, 2003
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - As thousands of Swedes continued to pay tribute to Anna Lindh, the foreign minister who was fatally stabbed at a Stockholm department store on Wednesday, the police said they might have a videotape showing her killer. The police had initially said that there was no closed-circuit television footage of the area where Lindh was attacked, but they acknowledged yesterday that they were studying a tape taken from the floor above. The store is made up of galleries around a central atrium.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 11, 2003
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - An unidentified assailant stabbed Foreign Minister Anna Lindh as she shopped in a department store here yesterday afternoon in an attack that stunned many Swedes and rekindled memories of the killing of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986. The motive behind the attack was unclear. "It's a serious situation," an emotional Prime Minister Goran Persson said. "The attack on her is an attack on our open society." The police said a tall man wearing a military camouflage jacket lunged at Lindh as she shopped for clothes at a designer outlet in the upscale NK department store in central Stockholm.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 5, 2002
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who took up arms to fight with the Taliban in Afghanistan, was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday after he tearfully said he had made a grave mistake. Repeatedly clenching his jaw to keep from crying, Lindh, 21, spoke clearly but with a faint foreign accent to U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III , as if English were not his native language. "I want the court to know, and I want the American people to know that had I realized then what I know now about the Taliban, I would never have joined them," he said during a 20-minute statement, as his mother and sister sobbed from a bench behind him. Lindh pleaded guilty in July to aiding the terror-sponsoring Taliban regime in a deal that spared him the threat of a life sentence.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 11, 2003
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - An unidentified assailant stabbed Foreign Minister Anna Lindh as she shopped in a department store here yesterday afternoon in an attack that stunned many Swedes and rekindled memories of the killing of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986. The motive behind the attack was unclear. "It's a serious situation," an emotional Prime Minister Goran Persson said. "The attack on her is an attack on our open society." The police said a tall man wearing a military camouflage jacket lunged at Lindh as she shopped for clothes at a designer outlet in the upscale NK department store in central Stockholm.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 16, 2002
The plea bargain entered into by John Walker Lindh includes an unusual provision that may reflect the government's evolving thinking about how to handle accused terrorists and those allied with them. The agreement says that for the rest of his life the government may immediately and unilaterally capture and detain Lindh as an "enemy combatant" should it determine that he has engaged in any of a score of crimes of terrorism. The government has said that such detentions, which are military rather than criminal, are beyond the power of the courts to second-guess.
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By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 15, 2002
WASHINGTON - The five men accused of operating a terrorist cell in a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb received weapons training at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan in the summer of 2001 and had been returned to the United States to await orders for an attack, federal officials said yesterday. The suspects, all American citizens of Yemeni descent, were formally charged yesterday with providing "material support" to terrorists, a charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. They were arraigned in federal court in Buffalo yesterday afternoon.
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By GREGORY KANE | August 7, 2002
THAT BOOK is in the news again. You know what book: the one that's caused all that ruckus from the first day it was published. It's been 37 years since The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published. More than 3 million copies of the book have been sold. Modern Library lists the book on its top 100 nonfiction works. Time magazine ranked it among the top 10 nonfiction books of the 20th century. The autobiography has inspired, no doubt, thousands of readers at the very least. But what's this we hear about criticism of the book because reading it supposedly led one John Walker Lindh to convert to Islam and become an American Taliban?
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