While I understand im in a vast minority on this subject, it has bothered me for years and although theres sure to be resentment at my thoughts, I
feel if viewed objectively, I may change a mind or two.
So what constitutes a felony? Obviously that varies from state to state, but here in NY...almost anything can be a felony due to the obtuse leeway
given to "aggravating circumstances" which LEO's obsessively persue in minor arrests to achieve felony convictions....so they can make detective or
Caught texting while driving in NY...misdemeanor. Do it in a "construction zone"...Felony.
Caught with a gram of weed...midemeanor. Get caught with 2 grams in seperate bags...Felony.
Girl got a restraining order? She just has to call a LEO and say you pulled into her driveway, true or not. Felony
Caught having sex with a cow, midemeanor. A dog...Felony.
Now, while I agree some of those are a bit out of left field, but there are literally tons of innocuous things here in Ny that will result in a felony
charge. And since grand juries would indict a ham sandwich on the word of a DA, this is evolving into a crisis that noone pays attention to really.
How long will it be before we are ALL ex cons? But I digress...
I do not believe the above crimes, and many more on the books, warrants getting rights taken away forever.
To me, if a jury tells a drunk driver that his debt to society is 3 years in prison and a huge fine, that should be the end of it. Instead, someone
who uses bad judgement gets a life sentence. He can never legally hunt. He can never vote. He then has most doors in life closed as far as career
choices and hireability.
A sentence should be just that...a definitive period of time where you lose certain rights. However, upon completing this sentence I feel all rights
should be returned forthwith.
Many crimes just do not justify a life sentence in my opinion.
I bring this to light only because its been ten years since my brother recieved probation for peeing on a LEO accidentally. He was drunk and peeing on
a tree in a park at like 2am when a LEO came up behind him and screamed for him to turn around. He did, but guess forgot to shake cuz some got on the
LEO's shoe or some nonsense.
They actually charged him with assault on an officer for this. Had the shoe sent away for testing and everything for crisake.
All that time and money and they give him a year probation,BUT....this kid will never be allowed to vote or own a firearm...ever. This happened when
he was 19 years old...a kid. Now he is 30 and stuck in a job that pays twelve bucks an hour because hes a bad bad felon.
I do not advocate that any ex con with a violent charge should ever be allowed a legal weapon, but their right to vote should not be stripped for
life. Just because someone is a felon, does not mean they are inherently stupid. Im willing to bet we are ALL felons....some of us have just been
Thanks for letting me word-vomit this out ATS.
edit on 21-12-2012 by MisterMaster because: (no reason given)