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Texas Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Jail for Stealing Rack of Ribs – Most Rapists Serve Less Time

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It’s not as though Willie Smith Ward is a saint. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve punishment for his crimes, but there are many convicted rapists, child molesters and cold-blooded killers who don’t get 50 years.

Should we not try to make punishments fit the crime? Or at least pretend like we care?


Texas Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Jail for Stealing Rack of Ribs

· May 31, 2013

Even when considering Willie Smith Ward’s nine previous convictions, this is excessive: On Wednesday, a jury in Waco, Texas sentenced Ward to 50 years in jail for stealing a $35 rack of ribs from a grocery store and then telling a store employee that he had a knife.

In September 2011, Ward stole the ribs from a grocery store, hiding them under his shirt. A store employee noticed the bulge and confronted Ward in the store’s parking lot, at which point the ribs apparently fell from Ward’s shirt. The employee then asked Ward if he was hiding anything else. “I got a knife,” Ward said.

Now you just turned a ticket into a serious crime,” the employee replied.

Ward, who never actually showed a knife, took off running and was later arrested. He was charged and convicted of robbery and sentenced to 50 years.

This verdict shows that the citizens of this county will not tolerate a continued disrespect and disregard for other people and their property,” said Assistant District Attorney J.R. Vicha, who prosecuted Ward with Chris Bullajian. “People who choose to do so will be dealt with seriously and appropriately.”

government is organized crimeWard has previous felony convictions for burglary, attempted robbery, aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and possession of cocaine. The 41-year-old will have to serve at least a quarter of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

Racks on Racks on Racks… Based off of what he stole and his severe punishment any one want to guess what color he was?


Oregon Woman Chocked and Raped After Police Refuse to Send Help – Good Reason to Have a Gun

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Oregon woman raped after police refuse to send out response unit

Local police in Oregon, USA fail to respond to emergency calls and advise residents to “consider relocating to an area with adequate police services”

by The Commentator on 28 May 2013 11:08

A woman was choked and raped following a 911 call to police in which the dispatcher told her to ask her attacker to “go away”.

The incident, which occured late last August but was only widely reported last week, took place in Josephine County, Oregon, when a woman’s ex-boyfriend tried to break into her home.

Instead of sending an officer to the scene, the police dispatcher advised, “I don’t have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

The man eventually forced entry to the house, wherein he proceeded to “brutally rape” the woman before fleeing. After the attack, police went in search for 29-year-old Michael Bellah, and arrested him.

The Sheriff’s Department blamed the lack of resources due to recent public funding cuts. “There isn’t a day go by that we don’t have another victim,” said Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson. In Josephine County, 80 percent of sheriff’s deputies lost their jobs when the cuts were made. The few that remain cannot respond to emergency calls during the evening or on weekends.

“How is it that there were no officers available to assist the woman who was about be raped, but they did have officers available to go and arrest the man after the rape? The police department should be sued for their failure to protect a tax paying citizen,” Julia Mason, 28, of Portland, Oregon said after she was asked what she thought about the police who failed to help a woman who was about to become a rape victim.

After the government budget cuts, which occurred before the rape incident, Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said in a press release that victims of domestic violence should “consider relocating to an area with adequate police services.”

Bellah was charged with Kidnapping, sex abuse, stangulation and theft among other things. His bail was set at $437,500.


Drivers Don’t Have to Be Impaired To be Convicted of DUI in 12 States and Pay Hefty Fines


DUI / DWI laws were passed to criminalize the behavior of driving while under the “influence” of certain substances. This terminology seems to imply that it is directed toward a driver of a vehicle being currently under the influence of a substance that might intoxicate or otherwise impair judgment.

I’m not a genius or anything, but I do think that a different, separate charge would be more appropriate for people who are not currently being mentally impaired or influenced by an intoxicating substance, but, instead, were influenced or impaired by an intoxicating substance illegally at some time in the past.

After all, if you are not mentally impaired and your judgment is not currently altered at the time when you are driving then how can you be charged with driving while under the influence?

Having imbibed an illegal substance at some point in the past isn’t the same thing as being currently mentally impaired by it while concurrently driving an automobile.

Arizona drivers are going to jail, paying big fines and losing their licenses even after blood tests prove they were not high.

EJ Montini  March 11, 2013

What if you could get a DUI for having had a few drinks two weeks ago?

Crazy, right?

Except it’s happening. Not with alcohol, but with marijuana.

Drivers from Arizona and at least nine other states, including Utah, Iowa, Indiana, Delaware and Rhode Island, are going to jail, paying big fines and losing their licenses after having gotten driving-under-the-influence citations when blood tests prove they were not high.

“It makes no sense,” says attorney Michael Alarid III, who is representing a man charged in Arizona. “But this is how prosecutors and the courts are interpreting the law. And the legislature doesn’t appear to want to change it. So we’re hoping we can get the issue before the state Supreme Court.”

How could a person who is not high get busted for DUI? It happens when science meets politics.

Blood tests can detect two important chemical compounds that come from marijuana. One of them, THC, makes a person high and lasts for hours. The other inactive chemical, created as your body neutralizes THC, can linger in a person’s system for up to a month.

In Arizona, state law says if you have either of these compounds in your blood, you are guilty of a DUI.

“As things stand,” Alarid says, “a person from Arizona could go on a snowboarding trip to Colorado or Washington state, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, and then a month later he could be driving in Arizona, get stopped and be convicted of DUI.”

Not long ago, the state Court of Appeals upheld Arizona’s law, which says if any “metabolite” of a drug like marijuana is found in a person’s blood he is guilty of DUI.

Alarid got a lower court to dismiss the original charges against his client after it was shown that the marijuana chemicals found in his client’s blood were inactive. The Court of Appeals overturned it. In its ruling in Arizona v. Shilgevorkyan,the court says, “We determined that the legislative ban extends to all substances, whether capable of causing impairment or not.”

Apparently, there is no statute in Arizona outlawing impaired logic. Not in Michigan or Illinois, either, where even the state Supreme Courts have upheld DUI convictions of people not under the influence of anything.

In Arizona, the case is being prosecuted by the Maricopa County Attorney’s office. I asked County Attorney Bill Montgomery whether he believed it was appropriate to convict people for DUI when the only marijuana metabolite in their blood did not cause impairment.

He responded, “The Court of Appeals decision is unremarkable in light of consistent case law on the issue of proscribing driving with a prohibited drug or its metabolite in a driver’s system.”

Because that didn’t answer my question I tried again, asking whether Montgomery would favor amending state law to differentiate between metabolites that cause impairment and those that do not.

He responded, “No. We do not want to create an incentive to ‘game’ how long it takes for any given metabolite to leave a driver’s system. Nice try, Ed.”

It isn’t a game. It’s chemistry.

Some states at least try to acknowledge the science. In Washington state, for example, a person is considered impaired if a blood test shows 5.0 nanograms of marijuana’s active ingredient. That level has been compared to a .08 limit for alcohol.

“An alcohol DUI in Arizona gets your license suspended for 90 days,” Alarid says. “After 30 days, you can drive to work and school. On the other hand, a drug-related DUI, like marijuana, gets you the same fines and jail time but revokes your license for a year. That means a person who wasn’t impaired could be punished more harshly than someone who was.”

Alarid is hoping the Arizona Supreme Court will take his case.

“In addition to the fairness issue, this doesn’t seem right in a state where citizens passed a medical marijuana law,” Alarid says. “It really puts an unfair burden on those patients.”

The risk of getting busted for a DUI charge when they are not impaired might cause some medical marijuana patients not to use the drug, no matter how much it helps them.

Of course, it’s probably just a coincidence that the politicians who could revise the DUI statute hate the medical marijuana law. As does the county attorney.

Coincidence. Yeah, that must be it.

EJ Montini is a columnist for The Arizona Republic. The column originally appeared in The Republic.

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