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  1. gjk5

    gjk5 3/4 ton status

    Mar 17, 2004
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    Grand Junction, CO
    after reading this. Maybe it would be better if we wiped ourselves off the planet, we humans do some pretty disgusting things.

    Appeals Court: 10-Year Sentence Too Light for Woman Who Rented Daughter to Pedophile

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A federal appeals court tossed out the 10-year prison sentence of a St. Louis, Mo., woman who rented her 9-year-old daughter out to a pedophile more than 200 times at $20 a session.
    The court said the woman's punishment was too lenient. But until a court decides otherwise, the woman still faces a 10-year prison term.
    The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her daughter's identity, often held the girl down in their home while Joe J. Champion of Granite City, Ill., molested her, according to court documents. The daughter testified the molestation occurred about twice a week, either in the bathroom or her mother's bedroom.

    The woman was typically paid $20 by Champion each time she allowed her daughter to be abused by him.
    The abuse began when the daughter was nine and continued for two years, both the daughter and Champion testified, according to court documents.

    The mother also often threatened to send her daughter to foster care if she didn't cooperate, reported by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.
    "The factors of this case are no less than horrifying," Judge William Jay Riley wrote in the unanimous opinion released Monday by a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals.
    Champion pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    The woman, convicted by a jury in 2003 of aggravated sexual abuse and conspiring with Champion to help him molest the girl, was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison — the minimum provided under federal sentencing guidelines.
    She appealed. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in United States v. Booker that federal sentencing guidelines were not mandatory.
    So, an 8th Circuit Appeals Court judges sent her case back to U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw, saying he might have given her a lighter sentence if he had known he wasn't bound by the federal guidelines. The court did not, however, recommend any particular sentence or a more lenient term.
    But then Shaw in December sentenced the woman to 10 years, saying mental problems and drug addiction had influenced her behavior. The judge also noted that she had taken parenting classes, had vocational training and gotten her GED while in prison.
    The judge said he did not believe the woman posed a danger to the public and was unlikely to repeat the actions, according to court documents.
    Prosecutors appealed that sentence, claiming it was too light and the judge's reasoning was flawed.
    The 8th Circuit appeals judges agreed Monday, saying the basis of her sentence is "unreasonable" and that the district court failed to "sufficiently consider the seriousness of the offense."
    This "is a mother who, for $20, repeatedly (1) sold her minor daughter to a pedophile for sexual exploitation, and (2) physically participated and restrained her daughter so the pedophile could sexually abuse her.
    "It would take a very compelling justification to reduce the sentence of a mother who submits her child to such abuse," the court said.
    They said Shaw had failed to consider the seriousness of a case that was "no less than horrifying" and that Shaw had inappropriately reduced the woman's sentence. The opinion's author, Riley, also wrote that there was no evidence to support Shaw's conclusion that she would not again offer her daughter up for abuse.
    The woman's "belated rehabilitative efforts are not extraordinary and do not support a sentence reduction," the court said.
    The woman argued that her age, criminal history, and the fact that she never sexually molested her daughter indicate a very slim chance of recidivism. But, the court said Monday, "these arguments do not exculpate or lessen the horrendous treatment to which she subjected her minor daughter for money, nor do they indicate she would not commit this type of crime again in the name of money.
    "Nothing in the record supports the district court's conclusion [the woman] probably will not repeat this type of crime," the court opinion read.
    Riley also said that the woman's sentence was out of proportion with Champion's.
    Kevin Schriener, the woman's attorney, said Tuesday he would ask for a rehearing of the appeal.
    Schriener told FOXNews.com that the broader sentencing issues raised by the case likely would ultimately be decided at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Claiborne v. United States. That case asks the court to decide whether a sentence that is below the guidelines is reasonable and whether a sentence that varies greatly from the guidelines must be justified by extraordinary circumstances.
    Movement on that case likely won't happen until February.
    "I think we've got a ways to go before we get there," Schriener said.

    I would normally say the death penalty is appropriate in this type of case, but I think that's too humane. I think they should announce her crime to the prison and put her in general pop., if we're lucky she'll be beaten to death with a mop handle.
  2. Beast388

    Beast388 1/2 ton status

    Nov 6, 2001
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    I couldn't bring myself to read the article after seeing the headline yesterday.:mad:

    There is a special spot in Hell for people like that.:angry1: :angry1: :angry1: :angry1: :angry1: :angry1:
  3. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status Premium Member

    May 8, 2001
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    I'm torn between anger at the adults and heartbreak for the victim. That kid's been deprived of years of childhood and garaunteed an emotionally rocky future.
    The judge must have forgotten there was an actual victim in this case.
  4. RockinChevy

    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

    May 9, 2005
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    That's just plain sick and wrong. I don't think I want to eat for the rest of the day.
  5. Uncle Fester

    Uncle Fester 1/2 ton status

    Mar 23, 2006
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    O M G !!!!!

    This is Denise, Uncle Fester's wife, and after reading this first thing we did was hug all of our girls tightly and wonder if we knew anyone in the MO prison system we could send this to....perhaps a big bull dyke:crazy: ....Its things like this that remind us why we don't trust our court system and to some extent our goverment. Somebody better make this right, preferrably before she dies and meets god. I just wish they could force her to not be able to have any more kids if she can still.
  6. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Jul 17, 2004
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    Judge the lady now, she has the e-ticket to a special ring of hell.

    Don't judge the court system just yet. There is a check and balance built into the system. That is obvious based on the fact that the appellate court sent it back down for re-sentencing.

    Also understand that they didn't want to send it back down the first time to have the sentence lessened. There was a case, that is referenced, that mandated that sentenced be re-considered. That case did not mandate that the sentence be lessened, just re-considered.

    My guess is that she will be in jail until she dies, whether that is next year or in 15 years.

    But feel free to judge the judge that 1) gave her the lightest sentence possible and 2) lessened it when he had a chance. Make damn sure not to ever forget that individual and vote against anyone who does, will or may have ever supported him in any way. That is how you change the system.

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