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Sentence for Cruise Ship Terror Hoax Is Unjust

October 05, 2003

Re "2-Year Term for Terror Hoax," Sept. 23:

The two-year hard-time sentence for Kelly Marie Ferguson, the 20-year-old woman who left threatening notes while on a cruise, is nothing short of an outrage. The prosecutor can most kindly be described as overly zealous, more interested in notches on his gun than in justice, particularly justice tempered by a mercy that this case would seem to demand.

While Ferguson's actions undoubtedly caused extreme anxiety among her fellow passengers, it appears that no lasting damage was done. Would not justice have been served by some combination of house arrest and community service?

To separate this mother and child during this critical time should not be done lightly.

Michael Wright

Irvine

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