President Bush spared I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from prison, commuting the former White House aide’s 30-month prison term.

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A 30 month sentence for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators in the probe of the leak of the name of a CIA operative. 30 months.

Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt was sentenced today to 12 months and a day in prison on a criminal charge stemming from illicit payments to Saddam Hussein’s regime under the United Nations Oil-for-Food program.  Charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and violating U.S. laws governing dealings with the Iraqi government, Wyatt — three weeks into his trial — pleaded guilty on Oct. 1 to the single conspiracy count. 12 months and a day.

A former executive with Computer Associates who pleaded guilty to securities fraud and who prosecutors said was instrumental in the prosecution of the company’s former chief executive, Sanjay Kumar, was sentenced to seven months in prison and seven months of home detention.

Keifer Sutherland – drunk driving: The star will serve 48 DAYS at the private Glendale City Jail, spending Christmas, New Year’s and his birthday on Dec. 21 inside.

The former chief of staff to former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) was spared a prison sentence for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. William Heaton, 29, was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. He admitted to accepting gifts from Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to defrauding tribal clients. Ney is serving a 30-month prison sentence. He took money from Abramoff’s tribal clients and promised to take legislative action on their behalf.  

MILWAUKEE —  Two former police officers were each sentenced to more than 2 years in federal prison Thursday for their roles in a racially charged attack involving a group of white, off-duty officers.

 The victim.

Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Clausing to 28 months in prison and Schabel to 32 months. He said he granted them leniency because of their cooperation with prosecutors.

The girl clutched a small plastic lion as James B. Coles promised her on Tuesday that “I’ll love you forever.” Cumberland County President Judge Edgar B. Bayley then sentenced Coles, 60, of Upper Allen Twp., to 1 to 2 years in county prison for molesting the child.

Former Prison Break cast member Lane Garrison was sentenced yesterday to 40 months in prison, stemming from a drunk driving episode last December that resulted in the death of a teenage passenger.

So… perjury, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, wire fraud and violating U.S. laws governing dealings with the Iraqi government, drunk driving, securities fraud, the violation of civil rights, manslaughter, and child molestation are lesser crimes than the following:

A Cottonwood, Alabama man has been sentenced to 102 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of dog fighting related charges.

Circuit Court Judge Ed Jackson sentenced Johnny Ray Lewis to six years in prison for each of the 17 felony counts he was convicted of. He was found guilty of possessing dogs with the intent to train them for fighting.Johnny Ray Lewis is handcuffed by a Houston County Sheriffs deputy after

The judge said his sentence was a “mid-range” sentence.

38 pit bulls died on Lewis’ property as a result of dog fighting. Officials seized 17 of his dogs and found syringes, heavy chains and a dog fighting video.

Houston County Assistant District Attorney Butch Binford said that Lewis will most likely serve at least 34 years of his prison sentence because typically, people serve at least a third of their sentence before they are released. 

Does anyone see something wrong with this picture? I like dogs – I’d NEVER abuse a dog or advocate abusing a dog, but look at the marked disparity in the length of sentences. 40 months for killing someone’s child. 102 years for killing dogs. I don’t understand.

 

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  1. Jesus H. Christ! Makes me wanna hollar…and throw up both of my hands! Can’t do anything but shake my head. Excellent post, Jali!

  2. Jali, this was a great post but damn if it doesn’t make me all depressed!

  3. You have a way of making your point, a totally valid one, by the way, without ranting and raving. That’s very powerful…

  4. I totally agree with you that it’s absurd the way the judicial system works. One thing you must consider in several of these instances is the fact they were/are “governmentally” related persons. That and the fact celebrities can damn near do anything they want, causes a horrific imbalance in the rulings of certain cases.

    Oh and F.Y.I., I think the child molester should have been taken out back, strung up by his private parts and left there for the birds and animals to devour as he slowly died and rotted away 😀

    Love ya girl!

  5. Don’t even try getting me started on this luv… I echo your dog sentiments to a tee, but it has become very clear where man’s best friend ranks alongside of their human masters and counterparts. Something is wrong. Something is TERRIBLY wrong.

  6. I thought Bush pardoned Libby, saying any prison time was too harsh a sentence.

    If Coles is white, then what appear to be lighter sentences are for white defendants.

    The laws across states don’t match; prosecutors and judges are both hampered and barely restrained as to what they can charge and how they can sentence, based on varying definitions (in NC, use of an object to commit rape makes it, legally, merely “sexual assault”) and minimum/maximum sentencing statutes. I think longer-than-Life sentences are limited to the South, where judges have that weird sweeping power. The three-strikes law means you can be a murderer or rapist who gets automatic Life for a simple parole violation.

  7. I do not understand it either. Why is there such an outcry over dogs but not people? Is it because it is “new” and scandalous? Are we that jaded that we don’t find child-murder heinous?

  8. christina_the_wench

    I am appalled. It’s very sad. Don’t get me started on what celebrities get away with these days….

  9. This was a great post jali and all it really does is strengthen my resolve that this world is all f-d up!

  10. Perfect points. Despite our best efforts to believe that times have changed, situations like this and Jena 6 prove that racism still exists, and is as alive as ever. We want to believe that we have come a long way, but how is any of this different from Emmett Till’s situation nearly 70 years ago?

  11. Its fucked, is what it is.

  12. katrice0321

    I don’t understand either. It’s very interesting what they choose to crack down hard on. And WHO they crack down hard on.

    Excellent post!

  13. I don’t know where I got the idea that Vick (whose name I misspelled) got probation. Maybe I considered his sentence paltry. Here’s how to get away with torturing and killing a dog.

  14. the SAD thing to ME is that you needed to list those comparisons to get folx attention … or are u really just “preachin’ to the choir” cuz most of us KNOW that we live in an F’ed UP society …. & the US ain’t alone in it’s craziness (but may be the most hypocritical…)

  15. The thing you aren’t seeing is the image in the mirror that doesn’t come back White, Male, and Connected

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