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Some diamonds are dross

I don't think I'm stretching the bounds of propriety and legal responsibility when I say that Raymond Diamond is a bad man.

In the course of his 43 years, Mr. Diamond has been convicted of rape three times and arrested for sex crimes seven times. His rap sheet dates back thirty years and consumes six pages of accounts of assaults, robberies, drugs, domestic violence, and prison escape, among other offenses. And Massachusetts lists him as a Level 3 sex offender -- the highest classification, considered the most likely to re-offend. ("Re-offend" is bureaucratese for "brutalize another innocent person.")

Last February, Mr. Diamond was arrested in Dorchester for failing to register as a sex offender. That offense carries a six month-to-five-years sentence. That would seem to indicate that Mr. Diamond would have been locked up until at least August.

But in an amazing stroke of genius, officials decided to presume Mr. Diamond's violation of the law was a mere oversight, and let him go after he did register.

Let's fast-forward to the present day. Tuesday, a near-naked, hysterical woman bleeding from a stab wound to her leg ran into a police station, saying she had been kidnapped and raped. Police were asking her for details when she started screaming. She recognized her alleged assailant there in the police station.

On the bulletin board showing pictures of registered sex offenders.

The police immediately went out looking for Mr. Diamond, and found him posing as a gypsy cab driver -- with another woman in the car with him.

FINALLY, he's behind bars, being held on $1 million cash bail.

Massachusetts' governor, Mitt Romney, is using the Diamond case to push for stronger enforcement of the sex-offender registry law. I strongly suspect that Mr. Diamond's last victim wishes they'd done so a while ago.

Boston Herald 1, 2

Boston Globe 1, 2

Diamond's partial criminal record

I just looked at Mr. Diamond's record, and I'm even more outraged:

May 15, 1980: Convicted of kidnapping and assault with intent to rape a teenage girl in Dorchester. Sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Oct. 18, 1985: Convicted of kidnapping a 6-year-old and trying to extort money from her mother. Sentenced to three to five years in prison.

Oct. 18, 1989: Convicted of abducting and raping a Charlestown woman. Sentenced to five to seven years for rape and a concurrent eight to 10 years for kidnapping.

In 1980, he was sentenced to thirteen years in prison for attempted rape of a teenager. Barely five years later, he's free and kidnapping a child. And exactly four years after THAT, he's convicted of convicting and raping a woman. If he'd actually served either of his sentences, those victims might never have had to suffer at his hands.

But thank heavens Massachusetts doesn't have a death penalty. I'd hate to see Mr. Diamond denied his umpteenth chance to "turn his life around" and become a productive member of society.

Comments (13)

IF you had a "three strikes... (Below threshold)

IF you had a "three strikes" type law, this guy would have been locked up for life, no parole, a long time ago. Face it, by the time a public servant type DA can get 3 convictions on someone, they usually have led half a lifetime of violent crime. Lock-up for life is appropriate. Especially with this guy. If not outright execution, which is what they would have done 100 years ago. From the nearest tree.

To add to that, I served on... (Below threshold)

To add to that, I served on a jury years back and saw the same thing. Had the original sentence on that particular repeat offender been carried out, 2 or 3 violent crimes would have been averted because the guy would have still been in jail. Yet he was released early not just once, but on multiple occasions to continue his life of crime.

There's a real argument for truth in sentencing here.

Massachusetts: A Rapist's B... (Below threshold)

Massachusetts: A Rapist's Best Friend

This story still has me to upset to comment on. It's utterly sickening. How a body of legislators and judges can do EVERYTHING in their power to ensure that violent, sexual predators (not to mention carjackers, crackheads, and run-of-the-mill burglars) are free to walk the streets among innocent citizens, who have been deprived of their right to effective self-defense just boggles the mind.

The Dukakis Legacy lives on.

Now, if you will excuse me, I'm off to the range.

Hmmm.Frankly I'm i... (Below threshold)


Frankly I'm in favor of a "three strikes you're dead" law.

"Three strikes" = three inn... (Below threshold)

"Three strikes" = three innocent lives destroyed. Bastards like this should be painfully castrated and removed from society after their FIRST offense. Why give them a chance to hurt or kill two more people?

Of course the Death penalty... (Below threshold)

Of course the Death penalty is out so how about a Hair transplant and a JOB as the Senator from Mass.

Rope. Tree. Perp. Some asse... (Below threshold)

Rope. Tree. Perp. Some assembly required. I'll be more than happy to lend a hand.

In my opinion, 1. ... (Below threshold)

In my opinion,

1. As a minimum, the individuals responsible for letting this guy out on the street (whether they be judges, or bureaucrats in the "justice" system) should be indentified in every news story that reports the crimes.

2. Prefereably, these enablers of his continued criminal activity should be charged along with him as accessories.

Come on. It's Mass. Hell, ... (Below threshold)

Come on. It's Mass. Hell, Ted killed a woman and he got elected Senator. Dukakis barely registered a pulse in reaction to the question of what he'd do if his wife was raped. Is this really all that surprising?

Not just judges and legisla... (Below threshold)

Not just judges and legislators to blame. Let us look at all of those interest groups and so called civil rights groups (ahem, ACLU) fighting the "good" fight to ensure fair treatment to those dragged into the life of crime due to poverty, uncaring parents, and the other you name it excuses. My thing is, if sex offenders, especially child molesters have a recidivism rate in the 90% range why are they even getting out of jail? And does anyone really think registering them will somehow stop them from doing it again? Case in point--dirtbag Diamond. Time to push or legislators to enact 3 strikes laws and life, yes life imprisonment, for child molesters and certain sex offenders.

Very likely MA liberals wou... (Below threshold)

Very likely MA liberals would rather look at what "societal influences" caused this behavior, then blame it on the "patriarchal society" and figure out a way to raise taxes to pay for more programs to do... well, absolutely nothing.

Liberal ideas implemented h... (Below threshold)

Liberal ideas implemented harm and kill people. This lady is just aother case in point.

I'm sorry about this lady's rape, but she IS living in Massachussetts.

There ARE consequences to all of the screwy liberal people the good people of Mass. have placed into positions of authority for decades.

Unfortunately there will be many more instances like this one until the people come to their senses and start electing people who actually want to protect the law-abiding citizen and punish the criminal animal.

If the government will n... (Below threshold)

If the government will not do its job of administering justice (that means punishing and executing criminals folks), then the common man will be FORCED to meet out justice himself.

As posted above "Rope. Tree. Perp. Some assembly required."






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