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(The Sun Herald)   Judge orders man convicted of manslaughter to have 8X10 picture of victim in his cell for 20 years   ( divider line
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2003-01-16 08:38:19 AM  
2003-01-16 08:40:39 AM  
In a related ruling, the judge ordered a man with 44 pieces of cocaine in is rectum to post a picture of said rectum in his cell for 15 years.
2003-01-16 08:41:06 AM  
farking brilliant.
2003-01-16 08:41:30 AM  
"Todd told Goff that he won't be comforted by his mother, only his fellow inmates, while he's in prison."

2003-01-16 08:41:39 AM  
I hope this doesn't lead to an increase in the killings of swimsuit models.
2003-01-16 08:41:52 AM  
Serve's him right. Bathtard
2003-01-16 08:42:02 AM  
Works for me. Bet it ends up with a little mustache and glasses, though.
2003-01-16 08:42:32 AM  
Wow. That is twisted, but I approve.
2003-01-16 08:43:24 AM  
Joseph Goff, but I call him "Jack."
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-01-16 08:44:03 AM  
he wanted to give Goff more than the maximum penalty allowed.

That part of the sentence ought to be overturned on appeal then. The judge can't accept a manslaughter plea and then say "I'll give him a harsher sentence because I think he should have been convicted of murder."
2003-01-16 08:44:04 AM  
MorningBreath. I salute you, that was great.
2003-01-16 08:44:52 AM  
It's nice of the judge to let him have some familiar jerk off material.
2003-01-16 08:45:15 AM  
Good. Now take away his cable and PC.
2003-01-16 08:46:20 AM  
Too bad the family didn't have a picture of their son flipping the bird.
2003-01-16 08:46:28 AM  
Sorry, while it is a good idea, it's asinine until the law states that such action can be made part of the punishment.
2003-01-16 08:46:30 AM  
What would be cooler is if you buried him with his victim in the same coffin for 20 years.
2003-01-16 08:46:54 AM  
That's great, but i agree with LawTalkingGuy
2003-01-16 08:47:20 AM  
Cool, Fb-'s back.
2003-01-16 08:47:31 AM  
ZAZ- piss off,you bleeding heart. making him keep photos of his victim in his cell is a brilliant idea.
2003-01-16 08:48:31 AM  
i can see you have a future in law Blackbird
2003-01-16 08:48:37 AM  
I hope this doesn't lead to an increase in the killings of swimsuit models.

ahahahahah brilliant!.
2003-01-16 08:49:01 AM  
Here is a guy that will looking at the same picture for 20 years. I can see him getting more and more agitated until he gets out and takes revenge on the judge or/and family that put him in there.

I am not saying that 'they' put him in there, but that he will be sooo messed up that he will think that.
2003-01-16 08:49:57 AM  
The judge can't accept a manslaughter plea and then say "I'll give him a harsher sentence because I think he should have been convicted of murder."

If such an appeal is taken, how the prison system really works would shine clearly through. Sure, technical it's beyond the scope of the law, but the judge, other judges involved in the case in the future, and the parole board will all have it as a matter of record that this person went out of his way to "disrespect" a judge. That could affect parole in a under-the-table sort of way.
2003-01-16 08:51:12 AM  
This is a good idea and a trend that should continue with other sentancing. However I'm afraid that most murderers have little or no remorse for what they've done and that the victim was just another person, so it may be a moot point.

(Sorry...I just wanted to work 'moot' in a sentence today.)
2003-01-16 08:51:53 AM  

(Sorry, wrong thread)
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-01-16 08:56:17 AM  
Dear Mrs. Todd,

I want to thank you for thoughtfully providing the picture of your son. It has been lonely these last five years in prison but seeing his lovely face has kept me sane. Every night lying in bed I think about him, if you know what I mean. (Darn prison censors won't let me tell you straight out.)

I now understand that it was wrong to kill Kyle when we could have had a happy life together.

If you have any other sons, I would like to meet them when I got out.

Yours truly, Joseph Goff, inmate #161342

P.S. Do you have any pictures of Kyle in a bathing suit?
2003-01-16 09:23:47 AM  
Fb- has probably been a little busy lately working 4 jobs to cover his child support payments.

And the judge in this case let him off easy, so many flat out "killers" get off with a damn manslaughter conviction it's ridiculous.
2003-01-16 09:31:13 AM  
Ya Mississippi! We may not exicute as many muderers as Tejas, but we find more ingenious ways to punsh them.

I love this idea. It's kinda like that movie, where a guy was ordered to write one, one dollar check every day to the family of the kid he killed in a drunk driving crash.
2003-01-16 09:41:21 AM  
That guy realy is an
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2003-01-16 09:57:08 AM  
ZAZ I have to agree with you. I'm all for being hard on criminals, but I'm also in favor of limiting judges' powers. This is unusual punishment and it seems to me that it's unconstitutional.
2003-01-16 10:05:57 AM  
In this case, I say screw "unusual." It's not like a bullet to the friggin' victim's noggin was exactly "uncruel and usual." Way to stick it to him, Judge.
2003-01-16 10:15:03 AM  
I think that this is a good idea, although ZAZ was right in his first statement. From the way the case sounds a murder conviction would have been easy. I wonder why the plea bargaining....why the judge/prosecution accepted his plea of manslaughter.
2003-01-16 10:22:22 AM  
What a stupid idea. Another example of some dork judge thinking he's being 'tough on crime'. What a joke. What this basically means is that when this non-violent guy gets his parole in 3 years (maybe less), he'll be laughing at the guy in the photo saying 'Hahaha! Your dead! I'm free!".

Great job!
2003-01-16 10:22:55 AM  
Interesting decision, but I wish the article would have given a few more details as to what exactly happened instead of the cryptic lines they include.

"The night my truck ran out of gas, I let my anger get the better of my judgment, common sense and decency," Goff told Harkey.

What the hell is that all about?
2003-01-16 10:24:01 AM  
Cruel and unusual punnishment is what that a$$hat put the victim's family through. I think this guy deserves what he gets. ( though a murder conviction would have been nice)
2003-01-16 10:25:13 AM  
Maybe a picture of Maurice Gibb too. Now THAT'S punishment!
2003-01-16 10:27:24 AM  
Why limmit the judges powers criminals have no rights, well at least they shouldnt, and if it were done the way it was supposed to be done, meaning an eye for an eye, he should be dead now
2003-01-16 10:35:14 AM  
what athletic abilities did he take away if the kid came home to "avoid the hubbub" of a ball game? his counter-strike abilities?
2003-01-16 10:36:58 AM  
Candypants I have to agree with you. Journalism is gone to shiat these days. Lots of information
2003-01-16 10:41:07 AM  
"This is a good idea and a trend that should continue with other sentancing. However I'm afraid that most murderers have little or no remorse for what they've done and that the victim was just another person, so it may be a moot point.

(Sorry...I just wanted to work 'moot' in a sentence today)"

Beats the hell out of MUTE, LOL but then I can't hear ya anyway. Moot, mute...
2003-01-16 10:41:47 AM  
Reminds me of the crack-journalism featured in our local rag, which I swear is written by kindergarteners and edited by retarded monkeys. In college we used to be able to get extra credit for finding spelling or grammar errors in any printed medium. I would get like 10 a week just from scanning through the paper.
2003-01-16 10:53:07 AM  
Lots of dumbass
Americans got guns.
That's not a good thing.
2003-01-16 10:55:41 AM  
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" - M. Gandhi

"If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also" - Bible

"Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - Dr. King
2003-01-16 10:59:07 AM  
Personally, I think it's a SUPERB idea and should be used more often, but methinks that with the right lawyer, the guy could get the photo taken out of his cell on cruel and unusual grounds. That tricky 8th amendment, see...I'm thinking this guy would use that and say that since he's ever so sorry over what he did, having the photo in his cell is mentally torturing him.


2003-01-16 11:04:01 AM  
Dude, the principle of "eye for an eye" as it is in the Bible means to exact a just punishment for a crime - not to shoot someone who shot someone else. Gandhi and MLK were not in favor of closing down all prisons on the basis of "love."

I mean, I'm a liberal Democrat, but NathanAllen...what a pansy.


2003-01-16 11:04:33 AM  
And exactly how are they going to enforce this? That photo will disappear within a week, and will keep disappearing every time they put it up I imagine.
2003-01-16 11:08:39 AM  
I'm guessing the victim was not a Hot looking babe.
2003-01-16 11:11:33 AM  
the judges in texas don't have to be so creative in letting killers off easy........ol' sparky doesn't sit empty long enough to gather dust....
for everyone feeling like the killer has been victimized, i'd like to see how you would react if it was closer to home for you....
2003-01-16 11:11:49 AM  
Great idea.

The god ninti-- if he wants to get out on good behavior, I'm sure the picture wont go anywhere
2003-01-16 11:19:33 AM  
God damnit what a crock of shiat. Some judge is planning on running for mayor or something so they do this. This probably impedes the guys rehabilitation. Stupid Judge.
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