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  •  Lionel Tate (none)
    In South Florida, this young man (unsupervised at that moment) beat the shit out of a little girl hard enough it actually caused her liver to split.  He was given a life sentence, but it was overturned and he plea-bargained out when they re-filed on him, leaving that young man with a long probation sentence.

    Makes sense to me, as he was under 15 at the time, and should be given a chance to rehabilitate.  The probation allows some minimal justice for the dead girl's family, as Lionel has been arrested a few more times since his plea, and could face more charges, thus punishing him for not reforming his behavior.

    There has to ba a humane balance between the rights of a juvenile who commits a crime, and the family that is the victim of it.

    also of note, a therapist had warned Lionel needed much therapeutic help after the initial crime.  He recieved little as he was charged as an adult and sent to the juvenile wing of the adult prison.  Had he gotten help, who knows if he would keep getting arrested now?  

    --Liberate your radio--

    by Sam Loomis on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 01:51:10 PM PDT

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    •  There was a press conference (none)
      After or before the sentence came down, I can't remember, where one of the reverends pretty much ended any debate about excessive punishments for kids for me.  The reverend said, "The life-in-prison sentence is for individuals who we believe are completely beyond reform.  How can we possibly judge a child beyond reform?"

      Hey Roberts lovers, a link to a CNN story PRIOR to the nomination: Big Biz Draws Up Supreme Court Wish List

      by DWCG on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 02:55:07 PM PDT

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    •  Lionel Tate is scum (none)
      He viciously assaulted and killed a little child, he and his lawyer tried the blame pro-wrestling defense in the court of public opinion. I think the manner in which his crime was committed warrented a life sentence. Of course I also personally think psycharists are scam artists so that may part of my reasoning

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