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  •  I'm not going to go to O'Reilly over this (5+ / 0-)

    Bill likes to make false analogies and rant about horrible people (usually pedophiles) getting away with horrible crimes because liberals have turned the justice system on its ear.

    O'Reilly isn't just full of shit because his premise is faulty.  O'Reilly's full of shit because he doesn't fully present the facts nor does he want to. He pretends not to understand why a prosecutor would allow someone to cop to such a low sentence.

    I don't know why a few pedophiles got light sentences in Vermont, but I suspect it has to do with the strength of the case, the desire of the victim to testify and other mitigating circumstances.

    I believe the justice system has serious racial and economic biases.  However, I believe it's the only system we have and we should be very careful when we take pot shots at it.  

    So I read some other stuff about Mr McMenemy before drawing a conclusion.

    His background

    The initial press reports

    His guilty plea on Jan. 25th

    Women's center director calls sentence appropriate

    To me it adds up to a suidical individual making a half-assed attempt to make a political statement while he kills himself. I don't see any mention of priors, so no one should have been surprised that he only got the federal minimum.  If this had gone to trial I think he'd have a decent insanity defense.  I see no evidence that the Feds could prove premediatation, he didn't even know that it wasn't an abortion clinic. He showed remorse, which is supposed to be a good thing.

    Most importantly, he was only trying to damage property, not hurt anybody other than himself. Sure there could have been a watchman or someone there at 4:30 AM. There probably would have been had it been an actual abortion clinic.  But then the facts would be different, which means the result would likely be different too.

    There might be something sinister in the state of Iowa handing the case over to the Feds.  The judge may have a bias, I suppose one could assume that he does and send him hate mail.

    I know that the feds do not take the problem of violence at clinics seriously enough. However, I don't see how citing this case is going to further this argument. In this regard, the Texas case seems like a better story for our side. Of course in that case Paul Ross Evans is looking at life imprisonment.

    As for comparing this story to the UK case(s), I believe Kossacks can spot some differences between a co-ordinated attack in the middle of the day at a crowded airport, which is clearly designed to kill as many people as possible and David McMenemy's case.

    By differences, I mean other than the color of their skin and their religion, which have been pointed out thus far.

    What did you do with the cash Joe?

    by roguetrader2000 on Sun Jul 01, 2007 at 08:44:22 PM PDT

    •  good analysis (0+ / 0-)

      from a defense atty view  point. this sounds as if the guy is a little off and that 5 years is what a reasonable prosecutor might give. realistically this was a gatorade bottle with gasoline not  a shaped plastique charge.
      the original post is off base. the guy is probably lucky that he did not set himself on fire and sounds about the same as a fire started by a volunteer fireman. note the time: no patients or staff were there or would have been thought to be there.

    •  The point is... (2+ / 0-)
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      Themistoclea, mamamedusa

      that it IS a coordinated attack because anti-abortion extremists always preach their hate with the hope that some "loopy" person will take action.

      They incite this kind of irrational violence by their hate speech against abortion clinics.

      HotFlashReport - Opinionated liberal views of the wrongs of the right

      by annrose on Mon Jul 02, 2007 at 06:35:24 AM PDT

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