FORD, PATRICE LUMUMBA
Affiliation: Portland 7
Captured: October 4, 2002. Sentence: 18 years.
IN PRISON 15 YEARS
Stanley Cohen (his attorney) said of the plea deal he made on Ford's behalf that it was "one of the worst pleas I've ever taken," adding "It was part of a desperate need by the government to find bogeymen to justify their failures in Afghanistan and Iraq... It's a terrible case that served its purpose for the Bush administration." This analysis was rejected by the U.S attorney who prosecuted the case, Charles Gorder, who said: "These guys are terrorists and traitors, not political pawns."