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(AZCentral)   TV ban is cruel, unusual punishment, lawyers say   ( divider line
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1947 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Mar 2002 at 6:10 PM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-03-07 06:15:05 PM  
first of all, post incarceration, most inmates have access to TV. The guy'd be better off in the slammer, and would have a social life.
2002-03-07 06:18:30 PM  
IMHO, mandatory TV watching would be far worse!
2002-03-07 06:20:44 PM  
Hmm.... so it was cruel and unusual punishment for my parents to ban me from watching television as a child... I can see the lawsuit now...
2002-03-07 06:21:04 PM  
well that makes sense. our justice system has about as much substance as the average tv show.
2002-03-07 06:22:27 PM  
The Great Mang says we need a "retarded" tag
2002-03-07 06:25:57 PM  
Notice that surfing the Internet is still allowed...

The only downfall of not being able to watch any TeeVee is missing the Simpsons.
2002-03-07 06:28:40 PM  
Can I sue for having to watch John Madden on MNF now?
2002-03-07 06:38:26 PM  
I do not have a TV. Well, that is not so true. I have on for video games. IT is not so bad. After a month you do not even miss it. And I have gotten a lot of reading done and now know how to set up unix machine to run web and email stuff. A lot more protuctive than knowing if bart set the school on fire.
2002-03-07 06:42:04 PM  
Bello's attorney, Robert Baum, said the television ban smacked of censorship but Hellerstein said he instituted it "to create a condition of silent introspection that I considered necessary to induce (the) defendant to change his behavior, to adhere to the right and to eschew wrong."

What kind of d!ldo uses a word like eschew?

(Go judge - I think he's right)
2002-03-07 06:49:51 PM  
No one ever suspects.........the butterfly!
2002-03-07 06:51:38 PM  
This is odd. This exact article is about 10 down the list...
2002-03-07 06:52:26 PM  
TV ban cruel and unushual. Bullshiat, best thing that could ever happen to him.
2002-03-07 06:53:36 PM  
"A new jail is better than an old ghetto any day" - Chris Rock

????: Lawyers argue hard labor is cruel and unusual
????: Lawyers argue capital punishment is cruel and unusual
2002: Lawyers argue no tv is cruel and unusual
2005: Lawyers argue no health spa is cruel and unusual
2010: Lawyers argue no masseuse is cruel and unusual
2012: Lawyers argue bars "really bring the prisoners down"; cruel and unusual
2015: Lawyers argue calling them "prisoners" is demeaning; cruel and unusual
2016: Lawyers argue walls surrounding the "rehabilitatees" is "cruel and unusual"; all prisoners go free into society after a good talking to.
2017: Society falls.

Millions of innocents die in the chaos.

2085: A new society emerges. If humanity is lucky, very lucky, the new society is half the nation America is. Those who break society's laws are imprisoned for hard labor.
2192: Liberals, with the best of intentions, failing to appreciate or understand what they are doing, are born from the success of their currently working society and begin to practice law which undermines that very society.
2220: Lawyers argue hard labor is cruel and unusual
2002-03-07 06:55:33 PM  
Waitaminute, I thought TV caused their criminal behavior.
2002-03-07 06:56:28 PM  
Odietamo: Aww, you had to go and spoil it with flamebait.
2002-03-07 07:21:09 PM  
And the flamebait was boring too.
2002-03-07 07:30:39 PM  
tv ban aaaa noooo noooo now that is going damb too fare
aaaaaaa aaaaaa it is too hrard to even hear that someone
has ben band from watching tv aaaaaa
2002-03-07 07:49:19 PM  
Very funny post, Odie.

Lots of people don't even have TVs, and, being the brave souls that they are, they get along...somehow.

By the way, that's a feeble attempt at sarcasm on my part. I have one TV from 1987, and it's unplugged. I get three channels when I do plug it in. He'll get over it.
2002-03-07 08:05:01 PM  
Bah. He can just download whatever episodes he wants of whatever programs he likes from the internet.
2002-03-07 08:25:22 PM  
I haven't watched TV yet this I being punished? Who can I sue for this tragedy I am enduring???
2002-03-07 09:41:10 PM  
Since when does the first amendment have anything to do with freedom from cruel and unusual punishment?

I'd buy a lawyer who'd read the Constitution, myself.
2002-03-07 10:06:18 PM  
slightly off topic -- 30 years of petty crime and NO jail time? $27,000 fraud and no jail time?

on topic - he has 7 TV sets. maybe not cruel but it would sem to be punishment to not watch at least one.
2002-03-08 09:34:17 AM  
cruel and unusual punishment is Amendment 8. The judge said it was a first amendment violation. Presumably TV is now a religion and the court was preventing him from practising it.
2002-03-08 04:43:54 PM  
Eschewing Gum
Aww, you had to go and spoil it with flamebait.

Sorry. I'd like to be funny. But all I can manage is my opinion.
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