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Old 05-26-2006, 12:50 PM  
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I'm too short for prison?? WTF!!!

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."

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Old 05-26-2006, 12:53 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:59 PM   #3
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how the **** does being short make prison more dangerous?

(unless your mouth is at the same level as someone's d!ck)
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:00 PM   #4
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I didn't think there was anything whacked enough to confound the ACLU.
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:13 PM   #5
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I didn't think there was anything whacked enough to confound the ACLU.
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.
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:20 PM   #6
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that just aint right pedophiles should get the death penalty
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:21 PM   #7
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"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".... **** the children!
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:22 PM   #8
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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...
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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Whatever....I bet the child he assaulted was shorter than 5'1"!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:26 PM   #10
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"Cheyenne County District Judge Kristine Cecava issued the sentence Tuesday..."
that's all I'm sayin


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!
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:28 PM   #11
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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.
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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 ****ed 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
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I'm thinking about starting a crime gang with a bunch of short people. It's a no-lose proposition.
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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.
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