July 9, 2003

Beating (one year) or Spit (life)

Bean, over at ALAS A Blog, is rightfully disturbed by the disproportionate sentences available in Oklahoma for the crime of domestic abuse (one year maximum) and the crime of "placing bodily fluid upon a government employee" (life sentence maximum). Go read how a jury gave a domestic abuser a more appropriate sentence than the statutory maximum. Do you have answers to his questions on disporportionality:

Why are government employees so much more important than the general pubic...?

Why are the sentences so disproportional. Do they really think that the possibility of transmitting a deadly disease by spitting is significantly worse than the risk of killing someone by abusing them?

Posted by Steve on July 9, 2003
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