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Old 04-06-2006, 03:30 PM   #46
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Here's a question that hasn't been answered: How the fuck do you get probation for raping a child????

Where's that judge's head?
He got probation for raping a child in a previous unrelated incident, and now he gets probation again, along with sex offenders treatment.

There are some mostly outraged commentaries from readers (several of whom I know, lol) in the newspaper's online story in the link I provided above, and one of them said that New Mexico is the probation capital of the West. Another comment sums up the situation like this, and there's truth in it:

You know, really, this article has nothing to do with gay and EVERYTHING to do with the constant inside favors of the judicial system in New Mexico. Whether the victim is gay, or is hit by a drunk driver, or hit/robbed by a local drug addict, the result is the same: If you are a native and your family is well-connected enough, the justices in New Mexico are AFRAID of causing bad relations in their local community, so they go light on sentencing.

I've seen it way too many times where the perpetrators of many crimes of various sorts in New Mexico get hand slaps and nothing more. The favors have to stop. Back to tough love.


Another comment, in reference to how many family and friends of the perps showed up to speak on their behalf and how this seemed to influence the judge:

So, if twenty-twentyfive people stand up as your supporters in court then you can exculpate yourself from involvement in a gruesome and vicious crime?
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He got probation for raping a child in a previous unrelated incident
This is what I'm having a problem with. What kind of deeply, deeply fucked up system allows a man who rapes a four year old probation???????


eta: And doesn't probation mean that if you do something else, you go to jail? Doesn't nearly beating someone to death count as doing something else? It sure sounds like the folks in NM need to address this issue.
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Disgusting.
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This is what I'm having a problem with. What kind of deeply, deeply fucked up system allows a man who rapes a four year old probation???????


eta: And doesn't probation mean that if you do something else, you go to jail? Doesn't nearly beating someone to death count as doing something else? It sure sounds like the folks in NM need to address this issue.
He's 18 now and I'm not sure when the rape of the child occurred but perhaps his age was taken into account? But yes, you're absolutely right, there is local outrage that he got probation again and we suspect it's the good ol' boys protecting their own. I found it interesting though that the victim said he had no problem with that guy's sentence (which included sex offender treatment) because he thought he really needed help. He's a bigger person than I'd be, I'm afraid.
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we suspect it's the good ol' boys protecting their own.
Indeed. What these morons don't realize is eventually these sick bastards prey on their own, especially while they're on probation.
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Here's another question: Do you suppose these sick boys who did this were raised in a straight, two-parent home?
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This is what I'm having a problem with. What kind of deeply, deeply fucked up system allows a man who rapes a four year old probation???????


eta: And doesn't probation mean that if you do something else, you go to jail? Doesn't nearly beating someone to death count as doing something else? It sure sounds like the folks in NM need to address this issue.
Apparently the system is really fucked. We have some completely stupid judges running the courtrooms. There was a case around here where a judge gave a light sentence to convicted child molestor, after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping an eleven-year-old boy and threatening him with a screwdriver.

She also yelled at the prosecutor who questioned the light sentencing.

http://cbs4boston.com/topstories/loc...305083628.html

I'd really like to know what these judges are thinking and how they sleep in bed at night knowing that they let these people get off lightly.
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Here's a question that hasn't been answered: How the fuck do you get probation for raping a child????

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Sounds like NM needs mandatory sentencing guidelines.
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