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Old 06-16-2009, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Vichel View Post
Yeah but that's what we hear all the time. Some crap about oooh it's such-and-such a sentence and then in the next breathe, it's reduced for some legal-babble reason to the typical joke of a sentence that is all too common. The other insult is the "this crime carries a maximum sentence of X" but when's a maximum sentence ever given out? Once in a blue moon, for some especially emotionally-charged case, which is an insult to everyone else, as a murdered loved one shouldn't be rated as less than another.
Agreed but I will say that the level of public interest and outrage in this case in my opinion may very well force the DPP to be reviewed AS WELL AS hopefully spark a new sentencing judgement. I realize that four years is still a joke however I truly hope that this family AND their supporters keep this case and the lenient sentence in the news so that pressure is placed on the judicial system to ensure that David Gabriel Watson serves the FULL TERM of his sentence, dreaming bigger I wish they'd re-sentence him but I can't see that happening. If we the people KEEP putting pressure on though there have been cases of these lenient sentences being reviewed. I truly hope that is what happens here. (I'd prefer it didn't have to be done this way though)

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Old 06-17-2009, 11:02 AM
Location: New Jersey
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It is sentencings like these that spurs vigilantes - or maybe should? I'm not advocating it, but can anyone blame them?

A long time ago here in NJ a four year old girl was raped and drowned - her body was found, DNA was done, the guy was apprehended and his DNA matched. The guy got off on a technicality. The father shot him dead. He turned himself in. Went before a jury and they acquitted him.
I don't have a problem with that.
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