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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tire slashers sentenced

Remember those Democrats who slashed the tires on vans Republicans in Milwaukee were going to use to get voters to the polls on election day in 2004?

They're going to jail.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) -- A congresswoman's son and three Democratic campaign workers were sentenced Wednesday to four to six months in jail for slashing tires outside a Bush-Cheney campaign office on Election Day 2004.
The state Republican Party had rented more than 100 vehicles to give rides to voters and poll monitors on November 2, 2004. The cars were parked outside a GOP campaign office when the tires were punctured. The vandalism left the drivers scrambling for new vehicles.

Among those sentenced Wednesday were Sowande A. Omokunde, the son of Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, and Michael Pratt, the son of former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt.

"I love my son very much. I'm very proud of him," Moore said. "He's accepted responsibility."
I feel bad for those "represented" by her.

As far as the verdicts go, I think they were fair. Four to six months is adequate time to think about what they've done, and they get work release. For a non-violent crime, but one that affected one of the most sacred rites we have, I think justice was served.

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Blogger Stephanie declared,

Did he either plead no contest or admit guilt? Because other than that, I cannot imagine how he accepted responsibility.

4/27/2006 12:42 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

No contest.

4/27/2006 12:50 AM  
Blogger Stephanie declared,

Then it's almost like taking responsibility, but not quite.

4/27/2006 4:27 PM  
Blogger Joey declared,

Sort of. A lot of people who plead "no contest" do it so they can say, "I didn't really do it, but it wasn't worth the fight."


4/27/2006 5:55 PM  
Blogger Stephanie declared,

All I know is my brother committed a crime while he was in college (the first time 'round). It was a serious, non-violent crime and he was caught fair and square. His public defender recommended he plead no contest. My brother agreed. But, when he got up to actually give his plea, he couldn't say it. He admitted guilt, because he knew it was the honest thing to do and it was the first step in cleaning up his life. Now... He's an up-standing citizen, in college once again, working full-time, contributing to society, and working for a pardon. And, imo at least, he's earned it. That I am proud of, because he did accept responsibility for his actions.

4/28/2006 12:09 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,


4/28/2006 12:16 AM  

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