May 26, 2006


The Short Arm of the Law

Richard W. Thompson

...If you’re ever convicted of raping children, you might want to get Cheyenne County District Judge Kristine Cecava in Lincoln, Nebraska, to rule on your case. There’s a good chance that you’ll be home in time for dinner.
...Cecava sentenced Richard W. Thompson to 10 years of probation instead of 10 years in prison for molesting a 12-year-old girl because Thompson’s height is only 5’1”. Cecava said that life would be too difficult in prison for a short person, and as such she wouldn’t want to subject him to anything that harsh.
...Marla Sohl of the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition expressed concern for the kind of message that this ruling is sending to sexual predators and how more concern is being shown for the criminal than the safety of the victim.
...Joe Mangano, former secretary of the National Organization of Short Statured Adults, said, “I’m assuming a short inmate would have a much more difficult time than a large inmate. It’s good to see somebody looking out for someone who is a short person.”
...For the record, I found NOSSA’s Website and the latest post on their blog offers an apology for Mangano’s asinine and disgusting comments. It firmly states that NOSSA disagrees “100%” with the remarks and that Mangano has been removed from his position as secretary.
...It’s quite sickening to know that Mangano made the kind of comments that he made, but it’s even sicker to know that someone like Cecava is on the bench. Not only do we have to worry about criminals but also judges who are hell-bent on making sure that they’re back on the street.


Blogger amy said...

Truly, this is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. I don't even feel the need to comment further ... what a waste it would be (much like the judge is).

May 26, 2006  
Blogger Hybrid Driver said...

i hope the judges in lincoln nebraska are elected and not appointed. i hope some one starts a recall petition. i hope the prosecution appeals the sentence as being discriminatory towards people of normal height. i hope the legislature in nebraska institutes some sort of minimum intelligence requirement for judges.

i like your blog by the way...

May 27, 2006  
Blogger J.P. said...

I hope that the citizens of Nebraska view Judge Cecava as just as much a threat to children’s well-being as Richard W. Thompson.

May 30, 2006  

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