Rep. Ilhan Omar Asks Judge for ‘Compassion’ When Sentencing Man Who Threatened Her Life

On Monday, Patrick Carlineo, 55, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. A day later, amid deliberations over his sentence, Rep. Omar sent a letter to the judge overseeing Carlineo’s case asking for “compassion,” and arguing that he should have the opportunity to “make amends and seek redemption.”

“Punishing the defendant with a lengthy prison sentence or a burdensome financial fine would not rehabilitate him. It would not repair the harm he has caused,” Omar wrote in the letter. “It would only increase his anger and resentment.”

“We must apply a system of compassion to criminal justice.”

“Who are we as a nation if we respond to threats of political retribution with retribution ourselves?”

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