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    Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    JACKSON, Mississippi — A debate is unfolding over an unusual offer from Mississippi's governor: He will free two sisters imprisoned for an $11 armed robbery, but one woman's release requires her to donate her kidney to the other.

    The condition is alarming some experts, who have raised legal and ethical questions. Among them: If it turns out the sisters aren't a good tissue match, does that mean the healthy one goes back to jail?

    Gov. Haley Barbour's decision to suspend the life sentences of Jamie and Gladys Scott was applauded by civil rights organizations and the women's attorney, who have long said the sentences were too harsh for the crime.

    The sisters are black, and their case has been a cause celebre in the state's African-American community.

    The Scotts were convicted in 1994 of leading two men into an ambush in central Mississippi the year before. Three teenagers hit each man in the head with a shotgun and took their wallets — making off with only $11, the sisters' attorney said.

    After 16 years in prison, Jamie Scott, 36, is on daily dialysis, which officials say costs the state about $200,000 a year.

    Barbour's freeing of Miss. women — political move?

    Barbour agreed to release her because of her medical condition, but 38-year-old Gladys Scott's release order says one of the conditions she must meet is to donate the kidney within one year.
    Sister's kidney donation condition of parole - U.S. news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com

    1. I think Burbour is trying to save money...

    2. The experts are making a lot of good points, and the government trying to force kidney donation... wtf. I think this is out of line.

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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    Eleven dollars doesn't mean anything. Hitting a man over the back of the head with a shotgun is a potentially lethal attack. Got no problem with their sentences.

    Also have no problem with the proposed terms of parole. She can have her freedom if she performs an act of unusual service to the interests of the State. No problem.

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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Eleven dollars doesn't mean anything. Hitting a man over the back of the head with a shotgun is a potentially lethal attack. Got no problem with their sentences.

    Also have no problem with the proposed terms of parole. She can have her freedom if she performs an act of unusual service to the interests of the State. No problem.
    What if she isn't a match? Should she have to go back to prison, but not her sister?

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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    What if she isn't a match? Should she have to go back to prison, but not her sister?
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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    It's the thought that counts.
    so neither should go back... at least you're fair, but I still think mandatory organ donation is out of hand

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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    so neither should go back... at least you're fair, but I still think mandatory organ donation is out of hand
    It's not mandatory if she's agreeing voluntarily to it. I see nothing wrong here.
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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    Sister's kidney donation condition of parole - U.S. news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com

    1. I think Burbour is trying to save money...

    2. The experts are making a lot of good points, and the government trying to force kidney donation... wtf. I think this is out of line.
    Wait...this is for an 11 dollar offense? Really? That seems a bit over the line for something of that magnitude.
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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Wait...this is for an 11 dollar offense? Really? That seems a bit over the line for something of that magnitude.
    The Scotts were convicted in 1994 of leading two men into an ambush in central Mississippi the year before. Three teenagers hit each man in the head with a shotgun and took their wallets
    Armed robbery, aggravated assault. A life sentence for that does seem unusual, but there might have been prior convictions the article didn't mention.
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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    One armed robber/assailant will get off scott free if she gives her kidney to the other other armed robber/assailant involved in the same crime and she will get off scott free as well. On what planet is this a ****en sane idea? I can maybe understand releasing or giving a reduced sentence to an armed robber/assailant if that convicted criminal donated his or her kidney to the victim of his or her crime but not for donating a kidney to other scumbag involved in the same crime. Then there is the whole issue of practically forcing someone to donate organs in order to get out of prison.
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    Re: Sister's kidney donation condition of parole

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    One armed robber/assailant will get off scott free if she gives her kidney to the other other armed robber/assailant involved in the same crime and she will get off scott free as well. On what planet is this a ****en sane idea? I can maybe understand releasing or giving a reduced sentence to an armed robber/assailant if that convicted criminal donated his or her kidney to the victim of his or her crime but not for donating a kidney to other scumbag involved in the same crime. Then there is the whole issue of practically forcing someone to donate organs in order to get out of prison.
    They've already served 16 years...I wouldn't exactly say that they got off "scott free".
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