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Thread: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Prison should be reserved for those who do pose a physical danger, who need to be isolated for the protection of everyone else.
    Perhaps the Appeals Court will buy into your philosophy, but I highly doubt it.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Perhaps the Appeals Court will buy into your philosophy, but I highly doubt it.
    Me too. Once abuses of human rights become expected, it is very difficult for most people to imagine that things could be any other way. Hence the "Don't drop the soap" jokes that inevitably accompany every single thread dealing with someone going to prison.
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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Me too. Once abuses of human rights become expected, it is very difficult for most people to imagine that things could be any other way. Hence the "Don't drop the soap" jokes that inevitably accompany every single thread dealing with someone going to prison.
    Sending a corrupt political figure who used his office to pad his own pockets is an "abuse of human rights"? I suppose imprisioning Madoff was an "abuse of human rights", because all he did was operate an illegal pyramid scheme that bankrupted thousands of innocent victims.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    And "inspired" more than one suicide, including his own child's.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    This is crap. I was looking forward to him on Fox.
    Fox wouldn't have been able to handle him. He talks too much.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    And, exactly what good comes from a harsh prison term ?
    Yes ! He was corrupt, and those who were corrupted, are they that much better ??
    He will learn how to get away with it next time.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Sending a corrupt political figure who used his office to pad his own pockets is an "abuse of human rights"? I suppose imprisioning Madoff was an "abuse of human rights", because all he did was operate an illegal pyramid scheme that bankrupted thousands of innocent victims.
    Correction Tried to use his office to pad his own pockets. I don't think he actually received any money

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Sending a corrupt political figure who used his office to pad his own pockets is an "abuse of human rights"?
    Yes, it's an abuse of human rights to lock someone in a cage who does not need to be isolated for society's protection. Particularly when it's accompanied by the various other forms of human rights abuses that routinely occur in American prisons.

    I suppose imprisioning Madoff was an "abuse of human rights", because all he did was operate an illegal pyramid scheme that bankrupted thousands of innocent victims.
    Correct. He poses no physical danger to society either, and therefore does not need to be isolated. The fact that cage-and-rape is the default solution to any crime is detestable. The only people who should be in prison are those who we'd be afraid to interact with, or those who regularly try to avoid other legal punishments.
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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Yes, it's an abuse of human rights to lock someone in a cage who does not need to be isolated for society's protection.
    You keep on misrepresenting here. Blago will not be incarcerated at Marion (Marion, Illinois - maximum security). He will probably either go to Rochester, Minnesota (light/medium security) or Terra Haute, Indiana (light/medium security).

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    You keep on misrepresenting here. Blago will not be incarcerated at Marion (Marion, Illinois - maximum security). He will probably either go to Rochester, Minnesota (light/medium security) or Terra Haute, Indiana (light/medium security).
    Medium security most definitely involves locking people in cages and exposing them to violent criminals. The US routinely applies this punishment to nonviolent offenders, and it's disgusting.

    Low security prisons are not quite that bad, but they still involve separating the inmate from friends and family, for essentially no reason. If the person is not a threat to the people with whom he interacts, why is prison necessary at all? What's wrong with house arrest, fines, public shaming, community service, and restrictions on where/if he can work?
    Last edited by Kandahar; 12-11-11 at 02:34 AM.
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