November 07, 2004

Sixteen Months and What Do You Get?

Am I the only one who thinks that's a pretty lenient sentence to levy against a guy who stole the identity of a terminal cancer patient? Double it. Then take that number, and double it again. Then take that number, and double it again. Then take that number . . . .

I think I'd go 10 years if it were up to me. I know, I know, all that time in prison won't do anything to rehabilitate him, blah blah blah . . . but I don't see any rational basis for believing that people who prey on the weak like that are likely to be rehabilitated in any case. Nor do I see any hope for the perpetrators in this case here. If that makes me a law-and-order wingnut, great, I can live with that.

Posted by Ilyka at November 7, 2004 06:26 AM in news

You're not the only wingnut out here. 16 months is way too lenient for contributing to the quality of that cancer patient's last days.

And that guy at the Detroit Day Care Center illustrates why I could never be a policeman. I couldn't have arrested that guy without incident. I think I would have had to kill him trying to escape.

Posted by: Rob at November 7, 2004 11:37 AM

Somewhere along the lines these two people lost their souls.

And yes; too little time for such heinous crimes.

In the case of the identity stealer; he should be made to work FOR the patient; either directly or buy working to do something and earning him money that is simply given over to him.

Prison seems much too easy- for both of them.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at November 8, 2004 07:05 AM

Definitely a longer sentence is in order. I think people are forgetting that prison is also a punishment. Rehabilitation? Cool. I'm all for it. But there is also a need to pay the piper and in this case the piper should be smacking the guy on the head with his instrument.

Posted by: Jim at November 8, 2004 03:04 PM