December 6th, 2008


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12:17 pm - Run Juice, Run!!!!

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[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: December 7th, 2008 - 06:53 pm (Link)
I agree with your main point, that the legal system should use fair and consistent criteria. There shouldn't be "make up calls". But I'm not convinced by your examples, particularly.

I'm not a legal expert, but I believe that in Plaxico's case, New York has a mandatory 3.5 year minimum sentence for carrying an unlicensed handgun in a public place. You may not like the law, but by your own fairness criteria, it would be the correct sentence (and, in fact, the minimum one). (Assuming, of course, that he is convicted, but I find it hard to imagine how he could not be.)

As for O.J.'s sentence, I think if you're really interested in making the case that it's an outrageous sentence, you should do some research and find out what the state's sentencing guidelines are and what some sentences were in comparable cases. Maybe you're right, but maybe you're wrong. And as someone else said, remember that the sentence number is inflated --- he most likely will not serve anything close to the full term.

Finally, you seem to be conflating legal punishments with society's judgment as a whole. Yes, a lot of people act like Vick is that anti-christ, but you know what? People love dogs. And his sentence isn't really super-long. It's my own business if I want to hate on Vick --- or defend him --- I don't get a vote in the court-room either way. Anyway, it's ALWAYS a big story when celebrities and politicians get in trouble --- I don't think black athletes get it that much worse than anyone else. I mean, Plax catches the winning touchdown in one of the best super bowls ever played, and then totally comes apart at the seams. How can you expect the papers and the tabloids to stay away from a story like that?
 

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