Thursday, 1 May 2014

08:45 – This is pretty disturbing. I just read a news story about a man who committed a crime, was sentenced by the judge, served his sentence and was released upon completing it, and has now been hauled back into court to be re-sentenced to a longer term for the same crime. Seems to me that the government had its shot, didn’t like the results, and now has gone back for what amounts to double jeopardy. The case, of course, is the teacher in Montana who was sentenced to a 30-day term for statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl who was his student. From the judge’s comments, it’s pretty clear that he thought the girl initiated things and was “older than her chronological age”. Complicating matters is that the girl killed herself while the teacher was awaiting trial. Whether or not one believes that the 30-day sentence was too short, the fact is that the government had its chance, and going back for a second bite at the apple is simply unacceptable. If the government wants to go after someone, they should go after the judge who decided the sentence.

We were running short of bottles and caps, but UPS is supposed to show up today with about 8,000 of them. I’ll be making up chemicals and filling and capping bottles, trying to cut down on the backlog of labeled bottles before Barbara starts labeling the ones that arrive today.