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Rooster
05-26-2006, 12:50 PM
Judge: Sex offender too short for prison

Prosecutor vows to appeal 10-year probationary sentence

Friday, May 26, 2006; Posted: 1:26 p.m. EDT (17:26 GMT)


LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- A judge's decision to sentence a 5-foot-1 man to probation instead of prison for sexually assaulting a child has angered crime victim advocates who say the punishment sends the wrong message.

But supporters of short people say it's about time someone recognizes the unique challenges they face.

Cheyenne County District Judge Kristine Cecava issued the sentence Tuesday. She told Richard W. Thompson that his crimes deserved a long prison sentence but that he was too small to survive in a state prison.

Though he could have been sentenced to 10 years behind bars, he ended up with 10 years of probation instead. On Thursday, the state's attorney general, Jon Bruning, promised to appeal within two weeks, calling the sentence far too lenient.

"I'm concerned about the message this sends to victims and perpetrators," said Marla Sohl with the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition, adding that it shows more concern is being placed on the criminal and his safety in prison than the victim.

But Joe Mangano, secretary of the National Organization of Short Statured Adults, agreed with the judge's assessment that Thompson would face dangers while in prison because of his height.

"I'm assuming a short inmate would have a much more difficult time than a large inmate," said Mangano, who is 5 feet 4 inches tall. "It's good to see somebody looking out for someone who is a short person."

Thompson, 50, had sexual contact over a couple of months last year with a 12-year-old girl, said Sidney Police Chief Larry Cox. He was sentenced on two felony sexual assault charges.

As part of the probation, he will be electronically monitored for the first four months and was told never to be alone with someone under age 18 or date or live with a woman whose children were under 18. He was also ordered to get rid of his pornography.

Thompson's attorney, Donald Miller, had no comment on the ruling. Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub, who prosecuted the case, did not return a call seeking comment. Cecava did not return a message seeking comment.

The judge's reasoning confounded Amy Miller, legal director for the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

"I have never heard of anything like this before," she said.

No one has ever come to the ACLU to complain of height discrimination, she said. And using Thompson's height as a reason to avoid sending him to prison is surprising, because neither the U.S. nor state constitution provides protections based on physical stature, she said.

A spokesman for the prison system said Thompson's height would not put him at risk among the state's 4,400 inmates. There are protections available in prison to help inmates who feel threatened, prison spokesman Steve King said, but to his knowledge, no one has ever taken advantage of them based on fears related to their height.

"He's not the shortest guy we have in prison," King said. "We've got some short guys that are as tough as nails. We've got people from all ages, physical stature of all sizes, in general population."

State Sen. Ernie Chambers, a longtime critic of judges, said he was baffled by the sentence.

"If shortness is an excuse and protection from going to prison, short people ought to rob banks and do everything else they would wind up going to prison for," Chambers said. "We're talking here about a crime committed against a child, and shortness is not a defense."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/05/26/judge.flap.ap/index.html

JBucc
05-26-2006, 12:53 PM
5' 1" isn't even a real midget, but a midget prison with midget guards would be cool. They could have little mini billy clubs and stuff.

sedated
05-26-2006, 12:59 PM
how the f*ck does being short make prison more dangerous?

(unless your mouth is at the same level as someone's d!ck)

Frazod
05-26-2006, 01:00 PM
I didn't think there was anything whacked enough to confound the ACLU. :spock:

Rooster
05-26-2006, 01:13 PM
I didn't think there was anything whacked enough to confound the ACLU. :spock:

ROFL No chit..


He wasn't to short when he sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl. Let's turn the table on the little bastard and see how he likes being someones little bitch.

ArrowheadHawk
05-26-2006, 01:20 PM
that just aint right pedophiles should get the death penalty

HC_Chief
05-26-2006, 01:21 PM
"It's good to see somebody looking out for someone who is a short person."

WTF?

Someone needs to look out for "the short people".... f*ck the children! :grr:

morphius
05-26-2006, 01:22 PM
Wait 5 months, run one of those 20/20 things in that town and you can almost guarntee this guy would be the first one knocking on the door. If he does something, will the judge be liable?

This is just stupid...

alpha_omega
05-26-2006, 01:23 PM
Whatever....I bet the child he assaulted was shorter than 5'1"!!!!!!!!!

chagrin
05-26-2006, 01:26 PM
"Cheyenne County District Judge Kristine Cecava issued the sentence Tuesday..."
that's all I'm sayin :rolleyes:


Seruiosuly though, this is repulsive! WTF is going on? Send that little shit to Juvenile Hall, I am quite sure that those kids could handle themselves if he tried anything!

chagrin
05-26-2006, 01:28 PM
Wait 5 months, run one of those 20/20 things in that town and you can almost guarntee this guy would be the first one knocking on the door. If he does something, will the judge be liable?

This is just stupid...

Dude, wasn't that show creepy as hell? 12 days, 3 cities and 112 men arrested!! Shit, 112? They have got to make this a regular show/investigation - I am quite positive that Police should be able to round up enough volunteers to do the chat part of it, and enough actors to play the part of the kid.

KCChiefsMan
05-26-2006, 01:35 PM
thats the dumbest thing I've heard of in a while, a 50 year old man molests a 12 year old girl and he's too short for prison? that girl is going to be f*cked up in the head for a long time now. That just sends a message to all midgets and people 5'1"- that they can go commit crimes with barely any punishment. I don't know what I would do if that child was related to me knowing that guy is still running around the streets

Rain Man
05-26-2006, 01:38 PM
I'm thinking about starting a crime gang with a bunch of short people. It's a no-lose proposition.

Phobia
05-26-2006, 01:39 PM
Let me guess; California?

morphius
05-26-2006, 01:40 PM
Dude, wasn't that show creepy as hell? 12 days, 3 cities and 112 men arrested!! Shit, 112? They have got to make this a regular show/investigation - I am quite positive that Police should be able to round up enough volunteers to do the chat part of it, and enough actors to play the part of the kid.
I couldn't watch it all, I did catch enough that they caught 53 in one city in a day and remember them saying that there were so many that they were having trouble arresting them all with the 15 police officers. Fuggin nuts.

I think those have been a pretty big wake up call to a lot of cities, so with some luck they will be pretty regularly occuring things.

Iowanian
05-26-2006, 01:44 PM
I put that right up there with keeping child murderers in prison protective custody.

Why is it that someone that can rape and kill a child, finds enough value in their own life to be kept apart from GenPop.

Thats PART of the justice system.

DaneMcCloud
05-26-2006, 01:47 PM
Let me guess; California?

Nebraska

Tribal Warfare
05-26-2006, 02:08 PM
that just aint right pedophiles should get the death penalty

It's practically the same thing if their sent to prison, pedofiles don't have a long lifespan in jail

InChiefsHell
05-26-2006, 02:12 PM
Nebraska

Can't believe this happened in my own state. Oh well, Lincoln sucks ass, and this just proves it...

*edit* I guess it didn't happen in Lincoln...but they still suck anyway.

FAX
05-26-2006, 02:12 PM
Midgets get away with everything.

FAX

FAX
05-26-2006, 02:14 PM
I saw this videotape on the news once where a midget robbed a convenience store. The store's surveillance system got the entire crime on tape, but all it showed was this hand reaching up and poking a gun over the counter. The little bastard got away clean.

FAX

keg in kc
05-26-2006, 02:15 PM
You're probably the perfect height for prison. And if your heads flat, so much the better. You'll be the princess of cell block A.

Rooster
05-26-2006, 02:19 PM
Midgets get away with everything.

FAX

They must.

I mean in the entire history of law and order in this country has a midget ever committed a crime that warrants jail time? Statistically speaking you have to say yes. So what is the protocol here. Do all short people have a 'get out of jail free card'?

bkkcoh
05-26-2006, 02:19 PM
Midgets get away with everything.

FAX


Yeah, but they are always at crotch level, not a good trade. :banghead:

bkkcoh
05-26-2006, 02:22 PM
that just aint right pedophiles should get the death penalty


:toast: :clap:

Rapists that have been found without a shadow of a doubt should have the same punishment...

FAX
05-26-2006, 02:22 PM
They must.

I mean in the entire history of law and order in this country has a midget ever committed a crime that warrants jail time? Statistically speaking you have to say yes. So what is the protocol here. Do all short people have a 'get out of jail free card'?

You're right, Mr. Rooster. Midget crime is a real problem and it's getting worse.

I read about this midget who was arrested in Washington DC for filming upskirt videos on his handycam. In court, he said that he was just a tourist like everyone else and that, because of his size, sometimes he shot women's private parts by accident.

He got off.

FAX

morphius
05-26-2006, 02:24 PM
He got off.


But what was the outcome of the case?

Phobia
05-26-2006, 02:25 PM
Nebraska

I'll bet the judge has contracted the California somehow.

Rooster
05-26-2006, 02:28 PM
I bet the midgets know where Jimmy Hoffa is.

FAX
05-26-2006, 02:35 PM
But what was the outcome of the case?

Exactly, Mr. morphius.

Midget criminals are running rampant. There was another case where a midget burglar was breaking into people's houses by entering through dog doors.

This midget was apprehended when his big a$$ midget head got stuck in one. He clamed he was walking by, saw the dog, and was trying to get it back into the home (damnedable midget liar).

All he got was a short sentence.

FAX

Rooster
05-26-2006, 02:38 PM
Mr. FAX you certainly know a lot about midget crime. Is this a hobby of yours or do you have a personal vendetta?

ROYC75
05-26-2006, 02:42 PM
Somebody bought a judge ..........

FAX
05-26-2006, 02:44 PM
Mr. FAX you certainly know a lot about midget crime. Is this a hobby of yours or do you have a personal vendetta?

Somebody has to pay attention to the disquieting rise of midget misdeeds, Mr. Rooster. And, I've got your back on this one. I subscribe to the adage that there are no small crimes. Only small criminals.

There was a story once about this ridiculous midget and his full-size partner who posed as a ventriloquist and a lap puppet back in the days of vaudeville. It's not a violent crime, but it's fraud nonetheless.

As far as I know, this guy never was sent to the big house.

FAX

bkkcoh
05-26-2006, 02:46 PM
I am all for compassion from the bench, but this is flat out wrong.....

She should be impeached or re-called..

Rooster
05-26-2006, 02:52 PM
There was a story once about this ridiculous midget and his full-size partner who posed as a ventriloquist and a lap puppet back in the days of vaudeville. It's not a violent crime, but it's fraud nonetheless.

FAX

Dear God man.. Have they no souls? :)

Phobia
05-26-2006, 02:57 PM
Mr. Fax,
Please stop with your midget short stories. Though, the last one went over my head.

FAX
05-26-2006, 03:03 PM
Dear God man.. Have they no souls? :)

The worst are the Cambodian Midget Mafia, Mr. Rooster. These little bastards are vile.

There are stories of them abducting everything from women and children to family pets and holding them for ransom. If you donít pay, they kill the hostage. They deal in drugs, prostitution, underground comics, anything that brings in a riel. Whenever any one of them gets caught, they intimidate the police and the judges with all sorts of unspeakable threats.

Usually, they get reduced sentencing.

FAX

Bugeater
05-26-2006, 03:21 PM
Yeah, this is great. Soon we're going to have pedophile midgets running rampant in this state.

FAX
05-26-2006, 03:26 PM
Yeah, this is great. Soon we're going to have pedophile midgets running rampant in this state.

Absolutely, Mr. Bugeater.

Most evil midgets are still at large.

FAX

Rain Man
05-26-2006, 06:09 PM
The worst are the Cambodian Midget Mafia, Mr. Rooster. These little bastards are vile.

There are stories of them abducting everything from women and children to family pets and holding them for ransom. If you donít pay, they kill the hostage. They deal in drugs, prostitution, underground comics, anything that brings in a riel. Whenever any one of them gets caught, they intimidate the police and the judges with all sorts of unspeakable threats.

Usually, they get reduced sentencing.

FAX

Isn't that the group that attacked a lion a while back? Totally random violence.

http://www.newturfers.com/mwf/attach/38/355838/BBCNEWSWorldLionMutilates42MidgetsinCambodianRing-Fight.htm

Rain Man
05-26-2006, 06:12 PM
Truthfully, I think this is good news for me. I may be tall, but I'll bet that I'm less tough than a lot of short people, and therefore I should never go to prison, either. If I ever get found guilty, I'll bring in a bunch of strong, tough short people to the sentencing hearing and I'll show the judge how they can bench press more. I'll be home free.

wazu
05-26-2006, 09:06 PM
Unbelievable. Where the hell do these judges come from? Of all the assinine stories I've heard about judges making mind-blowing, horrible decisions, this may top them all.

LV Tim
05-26-2006, 09:57 PM
Don't forget about the babe in Florida who didn't have to serve jail time because she was too pretty.