Friday, September 14, 2007

Oh, This is Going to be All Kinds of Good

Just when you think there's some hope for progress in the human race

Rapist agrees to castration punishment for sexual battery

The Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A confessed rapist has agreed to be castrated in a plea deal that could save him from a life prison sentence.

Bobby James Allen pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of armed sexual battery and various other charges involving attacks that happened in 1998 and 1999. Allen filed a motion requesting castration in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet agreed to sentence Allen to 25 years' prison on Sept. 20 if has the procedure in the next eight days. If Allen does not go through with the operation, he faces up to life in prison.

"You understand that this procedure is the removal of your testicles?" Overstreet asked Allen.

Allen said he wanted to be castrated.

"I have spoken with all the victims," prosecutor Larry Basford told Overstreet. "They agree that this sentence punishes him and would deter him and others from similar acts."

Allen would be classified as a dangerous sexual offender and must serve every day of his 25-year sentence, prosecutors said.

How much imagination does this scenario take:

Judge (to a White guy): "10-15 years"

Judge (to a Black guy): "You have been convicted of second dee gree sex y'all assault. That's going to be life, boy. But if we cut off you black balls we might let you out some day. Completely voluntary. Think about it, nigger.


Steve Perry said...

He's going to do twenty-four years and have his balls cut off. I don't have a problem with that. It was his idea, wasn't it?

I don't think the scenario you postulate is all that likely. Is this guy black? I don't see any art on him shows he is.

The old feminist T-shirt "Disarm Rapists" always made sense to me.

Dan Gambiera said...

Oh, I've got no problem in general doing bad things to rapists. Frankly, I'd be just as happy if they let his goolies walk free and tossed the rest in the incinerator. That's personally.

What's really troubling is the way this is going to be applied, who's going to get the penalty for what crime. If it follows the All-American pattern a Black guy will be more likely to be convicted if arrested and more likely to get the long prison sentence plus castration. And when you consider how few people actually get a day in court - the rate is low and falling monotonically - it will be done without a jury ever hearing the evidence.