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Massachusetts Justice and other oxymorons

I once won a gold star in a training class at work. The instructor was citing various oxymorons, and he hit the regulars -- "pretty ugly," "jumbo shrimp," and the like. I tossed out "Microsoft Works."

But I have a new one: Massachusetts Justice.

This was driven home to me by two stories in the Boston Herald this morning.

A little over a year ago, I wrote about two dipshits who were drag-racing on a connector road in Lowell, Massachusetts. One of them lost control and flipped his car across the median into oncoming traffic, landing on a car being driven by a pregnant woman. She died, and doctors couldn't save the baby.

Well, the idiot survived the crash, and he and his rival racer entered into a plea-bargain yesterday. For killing the mother and child, they each will get five years in prison.

Meanwhile, a 59-year-old (now) former selectman for the town of Southboro got himself in a little trouble. He met a 13-year-old girl online and started chatting her up. He even got to the point of offering to relieve the young lady of the troublesome burden of her virginity.

To no one's surprise but William Christensen, the "girl" turned out to be a cop. He was arrested after sending her all sorts of salacious messages, along with a couple of photos of his... um... "assets."

Well, he got a plea bargain, too. Five years in prison. But luckily for him, they suspended it and just gave him probation. He also has to stay off the internet and away from children.

I hope the court's optimism is rewarded in these cases. But my cynic soon returns and I wonder if I ought to remember the names "Carlos Rodrigues," "Angel Nieves," and "William Christensen" and Google them in five years or so. I'd think it'd be a fairly safe bet that they'll be in the news again by then -- and not in a good way.


Comments (9)

I hope the court's... (Below threshold)
kbiel:
I hope the court's optimism is rewarded in these cases.

That assumes that criminal penalties are assessed as a form of rehabilitation. Justice was not done here regardless of whether the guilty parties become rehabilitated, productive, law-abiding citizens after their pitifully short stay in care of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

There is no cure for pedoph... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

There is no cure for pedophilia.

People are always hating on... (Below threshold)
John Ryan:

People are always hating on MA.
It has become unbridled since the Patriots have become the dominant team of this century.
They are always saying bad things about our Senators but really it is because they are so envious of our Patriots
They don't think that it is "fair" that such a tiny Blue State has such a good tem.

Plea bargening should be ba... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Plea bargening should be banned these jerks should get life in prison for two cases of murder and any judge who allows a plea bargen should be canned

There is no cure for ped... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

There is no cure for pedophilia.

Sharp knife.

People are always hating... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

People are always hating on MA blah blah blah -- Look, it's the New England Patriots, not the Massachusetts Patriots -- really, more of the Maine Patriots, in my view -- and given that JT is actually from New England, you can't bust his balls on this particular issue.

I can't believe I'm saying ... (Below threshold)

I can't believe I'm saying this, but...

Thanks, astigafa!

As far as the "Patriot Defense," I don't give a rat's ass about the Patriots, football, or any professional sports. Massachusetts has earned my tremendous contempt the old-fashioned way -- by continuously diong contemptible things.

Much like this.

Or Ted Kennedy.

Or John Kerry.

Or... well, I only have so much time and space.

J.

As long as we're on the sub... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

As long as we're on the subject of oxymorons, well kind of, how about "compassionate conservatism" or the even more hilarious "wise liberalism."

I hate to admit it, but may... (Below threshold)
Matt:

I hate to admit it, but maybe we need to give Mass over to the Islamists. They kind of deserve each other.




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