Philadelphia Woman Sentenced for Federal Hate Crime

24 Oct, 2007, 01:00 ET from U.S. Department of Justice

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Philadelphia woman,
 Kia Reid, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia to eight
 months confined to a community corrections center as part of two years
 supervised probation, following her conviction on a federal civil rights
 charge, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division
 Rena J. Comisac and U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan for the Eastern
 District of Pennsylvania announced.
 
     At her guilty plea on June 22, 2007, Reid admitted to committing a
 federal hate crime by sending a note threatening violence to her supervisor
 at work, who is Arab and Muslim American, in an attempt to interfere with
 the supervisor's federally protected employment activity. 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."
 
     "Attacks against individuals because of their race, ethnicity, or
 religion are contemptible and un-American, and will not be tolerated,"
 Acting Assistant Attorney General Rena J. Comisac said.
 
     The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Field Office of the FBI
 and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Schwartz and Jeffery
 Whitt and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Eric L. Gibson.
 
     Since 9/11, the Justice Department has prosecuted 38 defendants for
 federal bias crimes against Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs and South Asians, with 34
 convictions to date. The Department has also assisted in more than 150
 state and local prosecutions involving bias crimes against these groups.
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Philadelphia woman,
 Kia Reid, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia to eight
 months confined to a community corrections center as part of two years
 supervised probation, following her conviction on a federal civil rights
 charge, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division
 Rena J. Comisac and U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan for the Eastern
 District of Pennsylvania announced.
 
     At her guilty plea on June 22, 2007, Reid admitted to committing a
 federal hate crime by sending a note threatening violence to her supervisor
 at work, who is Arab and Muslim American, in an attempt to interfere with
 the supervisor's federally protected employment activity. 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."
 
     "Attacks against individuals because of their race, ethnicity, or
 religion are contemptible and un-American, and will not be tolerated,"
 Acting Assistant Attorney General Rena J. Comisac said.
 
     The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Field Office of the FBI
 and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Schwartz and Jeffery
 Whitt and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Eric L. Gibson.
 
     Since 9/11, the Justice Department has prosecuted 38 defendants for
 federal bias crimes against Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs and South Asians, with 34
 convictions to date. The Department has also assisted in more than 150
 state and local prosecutions involving bias crimes against these groups.
 
 
 
 
 SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice