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Rant Against Idiot Sentences and Idiot Judges

Read your newspaper or watch the news. Pay special attention to the court-beat and the sentences handed out for the various offenses. I am Canadian so what I say may not apply to any other country but I suspect it does. Personal crime - like assault and its kin – will earn you a slap on the wrist. Property crime – break and enter, auto theft etc – will earn you hard time.

Every time that I hear something like a guy who is out on parole and under a restraining order getting 4 months for tossing his pregnant girlfriend to the ground and kicking her in the guts for a while (this happened in my home town about 3 months ago) it makes me want to start hunting judges.

How can we as a society expect our children to have any sort of respect for the life or person of our fellow man if the courts – whose sworn duty it is to uphold the inviolability of those very things – considers a few months a just punishment for a vicious rape or a couple of years for a murder? We can’t! And that is a large part of why society is crumbling. We have forgotten that a car or tv is easier to replace than a life and this is evidenced by the callous disregard that the courts show for personal crime.

Don’t look to Freddy Kruger or Ice Cube to find out why kids have no respect for life – look to the sentences handed down by our tribal sages.

Maybe if we started shooting idiot judges for idiot rulings some semblance of reason may enter the justice system – it may make them think, and hey, if you get caught you’ll only be gone for a couple years… just don’t steal their Beamer.


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But would I be a good Messiah with my low self-esteem? / If I don't believe in myself would that be blasphemy? - The Bloodhound Gang Hell Yeah


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The following comments are for "Rant Against Idiot Sentences and Idiot Judges"
by Enforced Bliss

So true...
A worthy Rant.

--Jasmine

( Posted by: Jasmine [Member] On: August 7, 2002 )

Rant on my brother
I believe that this should punishment should be expanded to include lawyers who bring pursueidiotic lawsuits. The lawsuit of obese people suing fast food for making them fat comes to mind.

( Posted by: kross [Member] On: August 7, 2002 )

Thanks
"Don’t look to Freddy Kruger or Ice Cube to find out why kids have no respect for life – look to the sentences handed down by our tribal sages."

Great summary line. You should get this published in a letter to the editor somewhere, it's not a topic I hear come up very often.

( Posted by: lucidish [Member] On: August 7, 2002 )

Yep
I totally agree - except for the whole going around shooting judges part. But yes, sentences need to be far more meaningful if they are to discourage future crimes. Life in this country - as we have no death sentence - means 25 years to life. That's a punishment for something like murder? An eye for an eye... But do we need lenghty sentences for b&e and vandalism? No, but do community service sentences seem to work? Not in this town.




BTW - your second paragraph is a run-on. Break it up and it'll flow way better.

( Posted by: bobothewonderchicken [Member] On: August 7, 2002 )

Punishment
I may agree a bit but i'd say it should be pointed out that punishment metted out to "criminals" must not be based on its effect on dicouraging future crimes, or on the gravity and magnitude of offense.

Society often tends be maligning and condemning when crimes are committed. However society itself creates situations where crimes exist.
As such, the best society is not the one that grants the most reasonable penalty, but rather that which allows the criminal an option for renewal and a future role to be reaccepted in society and avoid a repeat of a crime. That is, not too long a time to waste his capacity as a citizen; and not too short that doing so releases a rabid dog back into the system.

Take this for a start, traffic offenses, if not habitual and intentional, homicide or murder out of circumstance, theft...cultural sense of values may change this, but perhaps Humanist philosophy may help here.

Just my two cents worth.

( Posted by: webguy [Member] On: August 7, 2002 )

not sure if i agree all the way
Sure. Some things about the law are unjust. But keep in mind that these sentences don't apply to everyone. In the US, if you are rich white man and have a great lawyer, you can get away with anything. But if you are a poor black man, you're pretty much screwed. I'm just saying that social relations play a big role in the law.

I'm not sure if you would want to live in a country with really strict laws either. Like in Iran, I believe they chop your hand off for stealing. Just putting things in perspective for ya.

( Posted by: pengster13 [Member] On: August 7, 2002 )

Made me think
I like the point you have brought up. It is a great shame that people have such a disrespect for life. I think that we need to re-evaluate our sentences for such crimes as rape, assault, and murder. It does often seem that the "lesser" crimes stealing, drug use, and tax evasion are treated like they are worse crimes than what they are.
That gets me thinking about how we do not really rehabilitate criminals, but send them back into the world with better skills to break even worse laws. We expect them to learn not to break the law again when we send them into place where they can only converse with other criminals who may be worse individuals than they are.

-Kine

( Posted by: Kine [Member] On: August 10, 2002 )





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