Islamic Civil Rights Group Disputes Sentence of Anti-Muslim Bomber

September 24, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

On September 24, 2003 according to the Chicago Tribune "an Islamic civil rights group Tuesday called for federal terrorism charges to be brought against a Burbank man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime but was given probation, contending the state is letting the man off too easy. Cook County Circuit Judge Robert Smierciak sentenced Eric K. Nix, 24, to 2 years of probation and 200 hours of community service. And he ordered him to attend anger management classes for throwing a fireworks device into an unoccupied van of a Burbank Muslim family on March 21...The Council on American-Islamic Relations called the sentencing a 'slap on the wrist' and said Nix should be brought up on federal terrorism charges." The bombing was Nix' second hate crime against Muslims. "In 2001, Nix spent 30 days in jail for hurling a brick though the window of a Muslim-owned furniture store."