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    Now I've Heard Everything

    Judge: Sex offender too short for prison

    Prosecutor vows to appeal 10-year probationary sentence



    LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- A judge's decision to sentence a 5-foot-1 man to probation instead of prison for sexually assaulting a child has angered crime victim advocates who say the punishment sends the wrong message.
    But supporters of short people say it's about time someone recognizes the unique challenges they face.
    Cheyenne County District Judge Kristine Cecava issued the sentence Tuesday. She told Richard W. Thompson that his crimes deserved a long prison sentence but that he was too small to survive in a state prison.
    Though he could have been sentenced to 10 years behind bars, he ended up with 10 years of probation instead. On Thursday, the state's attorney general, Jon Bruning, promised to appeal within two weeks, calling the sentence far too lenient.
    "I'm concerned about the message this sends to victims and perpetrators," said Marla Sohl with the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition, adding that it shows more concern is being placed on the criminal and his safety in prison than the victim.
    But Joe Mangano, secretary of the National Organization of Short Statured Adults, agreed with the judge's assessment that Thompson would face dangers while in prison because of his height.
    "I'm assuming a short inmate would have a much more difficult time than a large inmate," said Mangano, who is 5 feet 4 inches tall. "It's good to see somebody looking out for someone who is a short person."
    Thompson, 50, had sexual contact over a couple of months last year with a 12-year-old girl, said Sidney Police Chief Larry Cox. He was sentenced on two felony sexual assault charges.
    As part of the probation, he will be electronically monitored for the first four months and was told never to be alone with someone under age 18 or date or live with a woman whose children were under 18. He was also ordered to get rid of his pornography.
    Thompson's attorney, Donald Miller, had no comment on the ruling. Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub, who prosecuted the case, did not return a call seeking comment. Cecava did not return a message seeking comment.
    The judge's reasoning confounded Amy Miller, legal director for the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
    "I have never heard of anything like this before," she said.
    No one has ever come to the ACLU to complain of height discrimination, she said. And using Thompson's height as a reason to avoid sending him to prison is surprising, because neither the U.S. nor state constitution provides protections based on physical stature, she said.
    A spokesman for the prison system said Thompson's height would not put him at risk among the state's 4,400 inmates. There are protections available in prison to help inmates who feel threatened, prison spokesman Steve King said, but to his knowledge, no one has ever taken advantage of them based on fears related to their height.
    "He's not the shortest guy we have in prison," King said. "We've got some short guys that are as tough as nails. We've got people from all ages, physical stature of all sizes, in general population."
    State Sen. Ernie Chambers, a longtime critic of judges, said he was baffled by the sentence.
    "If shortness is an excuse and protection from going to prison, short people ought to rob banks and do everything else they would wind up going to prison for," Chambers said. "We're talking here about a crime committed against a child, and shortness is not a defense."
    Let me get this straight... he assaulted a child... someone presumably far smaller and weaker than he is... and he's not going to prison because he'd be too small and weak compared to his prison-mates?

    For the love of all that's holy!!!!!!!!!!

    Someone stop the world... I want to get off this ride.


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    Re: Now I've Heard Everything

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    Let me get this straight... he assaulted a child... someone presumably far smaller and weaker than he is... and he's not going to prison because he'd be too small and weak compared to his prison-mates?

    For the love of all that's holy!!!!!!!!!!

    Someone stop the world... I want to get off this ride.
    Not to condone his actions or this ridiculous ruling, but I believe statutory rape qualifies as a form of sexual assault. Since it says that he and the victim had sexual contact over the course of several months, it does not sound like he physically imposed himself on anyone. The rationale here is still absurd, and I sincerely doubt it will hold up against appeal. Just out of curiosity, I wonder how tall the judge was.

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    This is about as fair as trying to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl after 9/11.

    Ok, maybe I shouldn't have went there but this is ridiculous. If they can throw young kids age 15 into a maximum security prison then this short as**ole can go there also.

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    Wow, this is almost as bad as double murderer Dan White getting off on the "twinkie defense".

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    I think the judge in this case needs a good old-fashioned ass whoopin'. One of my former co-workers was runner-up to the Ms. Missouri weightlifting title, and I had the privelige to watch her knock the doggie poo out of several guys who didn't understand "No touching the dancers". I'm sure she could teach the judge the proper method of sentencing...

    As far as the convicted pervert...here in SW Missouri, we have an organization called "Bikers Against Child Abuse". I'd like to introduce this wierdo to some of the guys who wear "El Forestero" and "Galloping Goose" patches....

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    This is a travesty of a sham of a mockery. Another example of ignoring the victim and worrying about the criminal. He should have thought about the risks of prison before he whipped out his midget member around a little kid.

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    Re: Now I've Heard Everything

    What a joke

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    Incredible.

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    Re: Now I've Heard Everything

    If a 15 year old in florida can get life in prison for accidentally killing his nieghbour, why the hell can't this guy go to prison?

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    Re: Now I've Heard Everything

    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger
    Let me get this straight... he assaulted a child... someone presumably far smaller and weaker than he is... and he's not going to prison because he'd be too small and weak compared to his prison-mates?
    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel
    This is a travesty of a sham of a mockery. Another example of ignoring the victim and worrying about the criminal. He should have thought about the risks of prison before he whipped out his midget member around a little kid.
    Can't agree more on these two points. I don't watch T.V., but heard about this report on the radio, and after finding out it's from my local area it becomes even more embarrassing. I dug up a photo of this guy, just in case I ever run into him on the street in Lincoln...


    My brother works in the State Penn here in Lincoln, and hopefully he'll be seeing him there soon with the appeal on this case approaching. I don't care how tough, weak, short, or tall a guy is, as far as I'm concerned someone convicted of child molestation deserves whatever "treatment" they get in a penitentiary. He'd better hope they've got soap on a rope. :tongue:
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    Re: Now I've Heard Everything

    You know, just when I was thinking we'd hit a new low, I saw this:
    Pedophiles to launch political party 1 hour, 33 minutes ago



    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread outrage.

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    The Charity, Freedom and Diversity (NVD) party said on its Web site it would be officially registered Wednesday, proclaiming: "We are going to shake The Hague awake!"

    The party said it wanted to cut the legal age for sexual relations to 12 and eventually scrap the limit altogether.

    "A ban just makes children curious," Ad van den Berg, one of the party's founders, told the Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper.

    "We want to make pedophilia the subject of discussion," he said, adding the subject had been a taboo since the 1996 Marc Dutroux child abuse scandal in neighboring Belgium.

    "We want to get into parliament so we have a voice. Other politicians only talk about us in a negative sense, as if we were criminals," Van den Berg told Reuters.

    The Netherlands, which already has liberal policies on soft drugs, prostitution and gay marriage, was shocked by the plan.

    An opinion poll published Tuesday showed that 82 percent wanted the government to do something to stop the new party, while 67 percent said promoting pedophilia should be illegal.

    "They make out as if they want more rights for children. But their position that children should be allowed sexual contact from age 12 is of course just in their own interest," anti-pedophile campaigner Ireen van Engelen told the AD daily.

    Right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders said he had asked the government to investigate whether a party with such "sick ideas" could really be established, ANP news agency reported.

    Kees van deer Staaij, a member of the Christian SGP party, also demanded action: "Pedophilia and child pornography should be taboo in every constitutional state. Breaking that will just create more victims and more serious ones."

    The party wants private possession of child pornography to be allowed although it supports the ban on the trade of such materials. It also supports allowing pornography to be broadcast on daytime television, with only violent pornography limited to the late evening.

    Toddlers should be given sex education and youths aged 16 and up should be allowed to appear in pornographic films and prostitute themselves. Sex with animals should be allowed although abuse of animals should remain illegal, the NVD said.

    The party also said everybody should be allowed to go naked in public and promotes legalizing all soft and hard drugs and free train travel for all.
    Sex ed for toddlers?! A legal limit of 12?! I hope these people don't have kids.

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    O that article is sick goldenfleece.

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    Hey, I didn't write it. My yahoo homepage had it in the headlines.

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    Re: Now I've Heard Everything

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece
    You know, just when I was thinking we'd hit a new low, I saw this:


    Sex ed for toddlers?! A legal limit of 12?! I hope these people don't have kids.
    Hmm, I didn't know the ACLU had a Netherlands branch.
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    Re: Now I've Heard Everything

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece
    Hey, I didn't write it. My yahoo homepage had it in the headlines.
    I know i was just recognizing it's sickness

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