Philadelphia Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime

22 Jun, 2007, 01:00 ET from U.S. Department of Justice

    WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Philadelphia woman,
 Kia Reid, pleaded guilty today to committing a federal hate crime by
 sending a note threatening violence to her Arab-American supervisor at
 work, in an attempt to interfere with the supervisor's federally protected
 employment activity. The announcement was made jointly by Wan J. Kim,
 Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights
 Division and U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan, for the Eastern District of
 Pennsylvania. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24, 2007.
     The single-count information charges that during the early-morning
 hours of Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, Reid left an anonymous threatening letter in
 her supervisor's office at the Sheraton Suites Hotel in Philadelphia. Reid
 had affixed words and phrases which appeared to be cut from publications,
 including the phrases "REMEMBER 9/11," "you and your kids will pay," "tie
 onto the fence," "strategically planned," and "death."
     Under the Department's initiative to combat "backlash" crimes following
 the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Division has investigated
 more than 750 backlash crimes involving violence and threats aimed at
 individuals perceived to be Arab, Muslim, Sikh, or South Asian. This
 initiative has led to numerous prosecutions.
     "It is twisted to believe that threats or violence against innocent
 Arab or Muslim individuals somehow avenge the terrorist attacks of 9/11,"
 said Wan J. Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
 "Our system of justice will not permit threats against innocents. The
 Justice Department will remain committed to vigorously prosecuting these
 crimes."
     Reid faces a maximum term of one year in prison, a one-year period of
 supervised release, and a $100,000 fine.
     Prosecuting the perpetrators of bias-motivated crimes is a top priority
 of the Justice Department. Since 2001, the Civil Rights Division has
 charged 165 defendants in 105 cases of bias-motivated crimes.
     The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Field Office of the
 Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
 Attorneys Michael Schwartz and Jeffrey Whitt and Civil Rights Division
 Trial Attorney Eric L. Gibson.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
    WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Philadelphia woman,
 Kia Reid, pleaded guilty today to committing a federal hate crime by
 sending a note threatening violence to her Arab-American supervisor at
 work, in an attempt to interfere with the supervisor's federally protected
 employment activity. The announcement was made jointly by Wan J. Kim,
 Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights
 Division and U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan, for the Eastern District of
 Pennsylvania. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24, 2007.
     The single-count information charges that during the early-morning
 hours of Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, Reid left an anonymous threatening letter in
 her supervisor's office at the Sheraton Suites Hotel in Philadelphia. Reid
 had affixed words and phrases which appeared to be cut from publications,
 including the phrases "REMEMBER 9/11," "you and your kids will pay," "tie
 onto the fence," "strategically planned," and "death."
     Under the Department's initiative to combat "backlash" crimes following
 the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Division has investigated
 more than 750 backlash crimes involving violence and threats aimed at
 individuals perceived to be Arab, Muslim, Sikh, or South Asian. This
 initiative has led to numerous prosecutions.
     "It is twisted to believe that threats or violence against innocent
 Arab or Muslim individuals somehow avenge the terrorist attacks of 9/11,"
 said Wan J. Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
 "Our system of justice will not permit threats against innocents. The
 Justice Department will remain committed to vigorously prosecuting these
 crimes."
     Reid faces a maximum term of one year in prison, a one-year period of
 supervised release, and a $100,000 fine.
     Prosecuting the perpetrators of bias-motivated crimes is a top priority
 of the Justice Department. Since 2001, the Civil Rights Division has
 charged 165 defendants in 105 cases of bias-motivated crimes.
     The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Field Office of the
 Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
 Attorneys Michael Schwartz and Jeffrey Whitt and Civil Rights Division
 Trial Attorney Eric L. Gibson.
 
 SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice