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Old 01-03-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I get your point about the punishment over Nicole Philbrook's death. When I worked for Penobscot county I could ask for a trustee when I needed something moved, wanted a new desk built, etc. I wasn't prepared the day I asked for a trustee and someone I know showed up. I have a hard time looking at this person though I've known him all my life. He was high on coke, caused an accident and killed two people. Total sentence - 9 months in the county jail. I've always wondered how his attorney can sleep at night getting these people off with light sentences. It's been about 20 years since the accident. His biggest inconvenience in life caused by this is that he can't own a gun. This means he has to hunt with bow and arrow. Big frigging deal. He lives a wonderful life in VA with his DP now. I saw him in November when he came up to hunt. I can't look at him without thinking about what he did. So, as much as I disagree with you on many things, I see your point and completely agree that punishments aren't handed out in a way that seems fair.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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I get your point about the punishment over Nicole Philbrook's death. When I worked for Penobscot county I could ask for a trustee when I needed something moved, wanted a new desk built, etc. I wasn't prepared the day I asked for a trustee and someone I know showed up. I have a hard time looking at this person though I've known him all my life. He was high on coke, caused an accident and killed two people. Total sentence - 9 months in the county jail. I've always wondered how his attorney can sleep at night getting these people off with light sentences. It's been about 20 years since the accident. His biggest inconvenience in life caused by this is that he can't own a gun. This means he has to hunt with bow and arrow. Big frigging deal. He lives a wonderful life in VA with his DP now. I saw him in November when he came up to hunt. I can't look at him without thinking about what he did. So, as much as I disagree with you on many things, I see your point and completely agree that punishments aren't handed out in a way that seems fair.
I guess this has alway's been my point. If you are a child molester 3 month's in jail, if you drive drunk and kill someone 4 year's in jail,if you have pot on you 12 year's in jail. This is what they call the war on drug's. I think the only thing the state of Maine is fighting for is more federal money to supposidely fight drugs when actually the money is just being put to make more job's for the government and we as tax payer's are paying to keep people in jail for what? hurting themselves! How about we start filling our jails with people who kill people and child molesters! I for one would be happy to let my taxes do that.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I call BS. Maine has a very liberal marijuana law. Anything less than 1.25 oz. will get you a ticket for $350 max. You can even get a medical prescription that will be considered by most courts here. Maine - NORML
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Actually the base sentence for a 1st time child (under age 12) molester in Maine is 20 years with life time probation. Our own version of Jessica's Law was passed and signed into law June of 2006. If probation is broken at all it is life behind bars, that doesn't sound like 4 months to me. WCSH6.com - Baldacci Signs Maine Version Of "Jessica's Law" (broken link)
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Actually the base sentence for a 1st time child (under age 12) molester in Maine is 20 years with life time probation. Our own version of Jessica's Law was passed and signed into law June of 2006. If probation is broken at all it is life behind bars, that doesn't sound like 4 months to me. WCSH6.com - Baldacci Signs Maine Version Of "Jessica's Law" (broken link)
The problem with Maine's version of Jessica's law is it still allows the judges discression on whether to give the full penalty or not. With the real Jessica's law there is a MANDATORY 20 year sentence and the judge cannot choose to let these perverts out on the street.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:33 PM
 
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And now, back to the original topic of Maine recording just 21 murders in 2007.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I think that it is fantastic that Maines rate is lower than last year's.

And it is wonderful to live in such a nice and low crime state.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:49 PM
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Location: Central NH
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I call BS. Maine has a very liberal marijuana law. Anything less than 1.25 oz. will get you a ticket for $350 max. You can even get a medical prescription that will be considered by most courts here. Maine - NORML
Yet another good reason to live in Maine
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Back around 1975 pot came to Bucksport. Parents went to the police about it and the problem continued. One Saturday an ice fisherman went out to Jacob Buck Pond to do a little ice fishing and when he kicked the snow ioff the ice to make his hole he saw a hand frozen in the ice. Being an upstanding citizen he didn't just move over to a different location. He went to the police department to report it. The hand was attached to the local drug pusher. Some local folks had put him down through a hole in the ice.

There was a big flurry of interest for a couple of weeks about who had done it. Then the interest faded until the police got another call. If they went out about 100 feet off a point on Brewer Lake they would find the druggie's business partner. They rushed out to Brewer Lake and sure enough, the druggie was under the ice. The drug problem went away in Bucksport. Problem solved. Yet another good reason to live in Maine.
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I fear my post may have been misconstrued. In answer to LTTT's post, I called BS. The facts were wrong. I posted a link to support my claim. Maine's Marijuana laws are as liberal as California's, there just aren't any "clubs" in which to buy it. Now, I do know of a case from Van Buren in which a person was caught smuggling hard drugs from Canada. In those type of cases the perpetrator has to worry if they'll go to jail or the people they owe will take care of them. BTW Medical use should not be criminilized. You do not need to use a "dealer", in Maine you can grow your own for that purpose. Stats are that 63 percent of people between 30 and 65 smoke MJ at least occasionally. (facts at link I last posted) Sorry all but I DO support med mj.
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