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I-A-B You Be The Judge: Lock Up Or Let Go? [Poll]

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CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17308 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:36:15 AM
Unfortunately there is no 3rd option in this poll.

Preferably, he should be put on probation and made to report like every other convict. He should also have his freedoms limited, as other felons do. Other than that, let him go back home.

richanddead
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2224 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:31:55 AM
He'll be out too quickly and the appeals will cost too much money for any prison sentence to be effective or in the publics interest. Therefore I vote no, but I would not say he has a clear name.

richanddead
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2224 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:30:09 AM
He committed a crime, broke the law, and stole money. That was a conscious decision on his part, one he should be punished for. The time it took for proceedings to being is irrelevant to that point.

That being said it was the states fault for not prosecuting him, and it's his attorney's fault for not following up on it. As an attorney he is the legal advisor. To simply say "they'll come for you on day" is not a legal defence nor is it appropriate for his position.

The fact that he has not gotten in to trouble for the past 10 years is also to his credit. But how clean is a matter of interpretation, not getting caught is not the same thing as a turnaround and I don't trust his lawyer to give an unbiased account.

If I were the judge, I would commute his sentence to maybe some light community service, and a couple of years of probation. But either way I would not sentence him to jail.

chicagojay
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 2002 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:19:41 AM
Dont do the crime if you can't do the time.

broizfam
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3813 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:17:44 AM
He did as he was told. He made a good, law abiding (as far as we know) life for himself. He's done better for himself and society than the jail time would have. He deserved punishment then. Doesn't anymore. Send him home.

pazerlenis
Male, 40-49, Western US
 1041 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:01:09 AM
The right thing to do would be to take the unique circumstances into account and evaluate his current risk to society. If someone needs to go to jail over this, they should look into who failed to send the instructions.

What will really happen is he will go to jail for it because of the politics and ego involved, but will be released early (maybe after a couple of years) for good behavior.

noblewolf
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 29 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:59:52 AM
I would ask for another sentencing trial since the first one was never carried out correctly. That is what he has a lawyer for.

Mikeoxsbiggg
Male, 30-39, Canada
 1263 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:38:44 AM
The state's mistake 100% He should walk away as free as he was last month. If he was a criminal still and if it was an indictable or violent act perhaps something to consider.

MeGrendel
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4850 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:34:06 AM
DuckBoy87-The statute of limitations has surely passed by now.

The statute of limitations sets the maximum time after an event that legal proceedings based on that event may be initiated.

The proceedings were initiated in time, so the sentence is valid. There is no statute on sentancing being carried out.

So, the state is within its rights to enforce said sentence. BUT, I would like to see some common sense thrown in and his behavior since be taken into account.

This goes back to: if you find out after 13 years that the government owes you money, you want them to pay up...BUT if they find out after 13 years that YOU owe the government..you want them to forget about it.

42467
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 757 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:30:17 AM
@nettech98
You said prison is for punishment, not rehabilitation. You're right, in the US, it's like that. But that's also why we have the highest crime reccurence rate in the world.

Maybe we should start to think about helping the prisoner not need to go back to crime?

normalfreak2
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2020 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:19:17 AM
"Also, prison is for punishment - not rehabilitation."

Biggest problem right there.

normalfreak2
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2020 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:18:31 AM
Putting him in Jail would only cause a cycle of crime to start in his family again. The breadwinner goes to jail, Mother can't afford anything, needs to go on welfare, kid may get into a gang. THere's no reason to send this guy to prison. No one was hurt in the initial crime. We really need to address how we handle non-violent offenses and sentencing kids. I'm sorry, Unless you cause someone great harm, (murder, rape, Child abuse, etc) the first option shouldn't be prison.

nettech98
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 993 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:18:21 AM
How about a third option?

I don't believe he should have to serve the whole 13 year sentence. No legal basis for that, just my opinion.

But I don't necessarily believe he should not somehow pay for the crime he was convicted of.

I believe he should have his day in court where legal, moral, and mitigating arguments can be explored. He may very well get a drastically reduced sentence based on the mitigating factors, a pardon, or a commutation of his sentence.

The statement by the victim might have some weight, but it's certainly not up to him.

Also, prison is for punishment - not rehabilitation.

normalfreak2
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2020 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:16:06 AM
The state drated this up. This guy, from the looks of it, learned a serious lesson from the conviction alone. He started his own business, a family, to be a productive member of society, why take that away from him?

DuckBoy87
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2732 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:11:57 AM
The statute of limitations has surely passed by now.

DavidXJ
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1105 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:10:46 AM
There's a statute of limitations on being arrested for most crimes, there should be a statute of limitations on the carrying out of the sentence for the same crimes.

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1465 Posts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:49:03 AM
Link: I-A-B You Be The Judge: Lock Up Or Let Go? [Poll] [Rate Link] - This man was sentenced to 13 yrs in prison. He never went because of a clerical error. Lock 'em up or let 'em go I-A-B?

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