Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Couple That Pointed Gun At Child's Birthday Party, Yelled Death Threats and Racial Slurs, Displayed A Bunch Of Confederate Flags, Sentenced To 15, 20 Years Respectively

  [I have deleted what I first wrote because it was basically just profanity]
   What. The. Hell. is wrong with these people?
   Somebody, please, explain this to me.
   On second thought, don't. I don't care, and I don't want to know. I've got no interest in delving into the so-called minds of such folk.
   I gotta lot I could say about these sonsabitches, but I'm not going to say it on the internet for posterity.
   But these people are, as JQ would put it, on my punch list.

   And I'm not what you'd call happy about defending them in any way, shape, or form...twenty years? Does that seem right? Same as for kidnapping? More than for rape? More than for murder? Am I wrong about this? Somebody give me a reality check here. I mean...they did apparently seek out a black kid's birthday party in order to drive by with about a million Confederate flags on their bullshit, never-been-used-for-actual-work pickup trucks, scream racial insults and death threats, and point a goddamn shotgun at them...so...I'm not exactly wanting to rule out 20 years... It's not obviously wrong to my mind...but...
   If you'd have asked me, I'd have said to throw the goddamn book at 'em and then throw the bookcase too... But...a combined 35 years? I...am not completely sure that that's proportionate to the crime, d*ckish though that crime undeniably was.


Blogger Aa said...

The judge did throw the goddamn book at them and the bookcase. And that sentence is probably max for this type of crime so the judge hit them with it. Also note, they had a chance to plea bargain but didn't take it - at that point the Judge had no reason to give them a lighter sentence. That having been said I don't know if it's reasonable or not...that's something that a group of state legislators decided (probably without much thought put into it).

8:08 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Ah, right. The plea bargain aspect. I forgot about that.

It's a kind of a bullshit system...not that I have a better idea...but that's not specific to this case.

Damn...wonder how their arguments went...no, judge, that is not us in those videotapes of us pointing a gun at those kids?

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Mystic said...

Another factor: Don't these sentencing values end up getting abridged later on? So, like, if they were sentenced to 10 years, they could be out in like 4 or something?

Does that matter?

The system's so damn convoluted now, I hardly pay much attention to cases like these (i.e. cases where I hardly give a shit). Probably not a good policy, but gotta preserve energy somehow..

9:53 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Oh, right. Another ridiculous part of the system that I don't have a better idea than, and that isn't specific to this case.

Not only do I not have the energy to think much about these aspects of our legal system, but I find it too depressing whenever I try.

Twenty minutes of talking to my friend Peter the Public Defender, and I'm ready to jump off a bridge.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Aa said...

It's strange, however, that no language was present about "sentenced to 15 years with possibility for parole after...".

2:19 PM  

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