Although I do not support the death penalty, sometimes it gets difficult to argue against in specific cases. From ALa of Blonde Sagacity:
Corey Deen Saunders, 27, entered the plea Monday to child rape and related charges. He was arrested Jan. 30, 2008, after luring the boy to the magazine stacks in the New Bedford library while the child’s mother worked on a computer just a few feet away.
At a court hearing last year, prosecutors played a videotaped interview in which the boy told a child welfare official the assault was like being attacked by a “T-rex and an alligator.”
At the time, Saunders was on probation after serving four years in prison for the attempted rape of a 7-year-old boy.
Saunders had been released in 2006 despite objections from prosecutors, who are allowed under state law to ask that sex offenders be locked up indefinitely after completing their prison terms. Three psychologists supported the commitment request, but the judge granted him probation, citing his lack of sexual crimes while in prison.” (source)
I hope this case has caught Bill O’Reilly’s attention and that this judge is made to take accountability for this disastrous decision!
Now, it should be remembered that, in this case, there was an alternative: the “judge” could have had Mr Saunders retained in custody. More, everyone connected with the case was recommending that Mr Saunders not be released, because he constituted a danger to children. But — and it took me quite a while searching via Google to find this “judge’s” name — Bristol County Superior Court Associate Justice Richard T. Moses decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to keep Mr Saunders in custody. Yet Mr Saunders, who had been sexually abused as a child and was developmentally disabled, was a ward of the state and had been through all sorts of trouble in state homes. including sexually-related trouble. Reading through his record, anyone could have seen that this man was a danger to children and a danger to society.
And who is paying the price for Justice Richard T Moses’ lack of judgement? A six-year-old boy is paying the price, his mother, who thought he’d be safe in the children’s books section of the library is paying the price, the rest of the family is paying the price.
ALa would like to see Justice Moses held accountable for his decision, but, of course, in the United States we cannot legally punish judges when the result of a bad decision turns out like this. But we can take appropriate private action against him: we can publicize his name, we can tell people what he has done, we can hound him and hound him and hound him until he resigns his position, changes his name and moves out to where no one knows him.
Maybe once something like that has happened to some of these ridiculously, criminally sympathetic judges, the rest will get the message, and not take decisions like this anymore.