Thursday, September 5, 2013

Compare and Contrast

September 5, 2013

Once again we take time off from the Lighter Side of Life to ask the all-important question: 

What the HELL is the matter with you people????

Compare the sentences for the following two crimes:

From the Idaho Statesman September 2, 2013

N. Idaho Man Convicted of Abuse Slated for Release

SANDPOINT, Idaho — A northern Idaho man convicted of molesting a child in Bonner County over a four-year period may soon be released on probation after serving only months in a prison treatment program.

The Bonner Daily Bee reported Roy Lewis Baldwin received a five-year to 25-year prison term when he was sentenced in February.

At the time, however, 1st District Judge John T. Mitchell retained jurisdiction, meaning he could be released earlier if he successfully completed a prison rehabilitation program.

Last week, Mitchell ordered Baldwin released on probation, pending a polygraph and psychosexual evaluation.

He's currently being held in Bonner County Jail in Sandpoint.

Prosecutors say Baldwin, who is 67, sexually abused a Bonner County girl from 2008 to 2012 when she was between the ages of 6 and 10.

Idaho Statesman, September 5, 2013

Man Gets at Least 12 Years for Kidnapping Boy 

Orofino—A former Lewiston man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping the 6-year-old and holding him at knifepoint while demanding a ride into Orofino has been sentenced. The Lewiston Tribune reports 2nd District Judge Michael J. Griffin sentenced Roger D. Ehler, 57, on Tuesday to up to 20 years in prison, with 12 fixed.

And let’s not forget the Montana judge who sentenced a teacher to 30 days in jail for having sexual relations with a 14-year-old student because the victim was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation as the teacher was.” Prosecutors are protesting the sentence.

I’m not actually an activist, but I would like to slap a few people.


Anonymous said...

Slap away!

Peg said...

I wrote this letter to the editor. (They published it, but not the way I wrote it.) Anyway, it's more concise than my post,and it's more like what I would have published if I hadn't been so angry. (Moral--never post when you're steamed.)


So let me get this straight—a man holds a knife to a child’s throat one afternoon and goes to jail for twelve years.

Another man rapes a child repeatedly over four years and has to serve a few months in jail and complete a prison treatment program.

Must be one heck of a treatment program, to cure a long-term predator in a few months. Gosh, maybe all criminals could go through one, and then we wouldn't have to lock ANYBODY up, because they'd be magically cured!

When are judges going to treat the sexual abuse of children as the heinous crime that it is, and lock up the offenders accordingly?