Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Yesterday's release from prison of Sara Jane Moore, one of two women who tried to assassinate President Ford over a three-weeks period in 1975, hearkens back to the tradition of rehabilitation and mercy that used to a hallmark of the U.S. justice system. Moore was released Monday from the low-security federal prison for women in Dublin, Calif., a suburb of Oakland. Moore took a shot at Ford but missed as the country's only non-elected president left the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, just 17 days after a Manson family follower, Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme, failed to get off a shot at Ford in Sacramento. Moore served 32 years of a life sentence, back in the day when people sentenced to life in prison were eligible to apply for parole after seven years. Fromme is serving a life sentence in a prison medical facility in Texas but has not requested parole, even though she is eligible to apply for it. Congress abolished such parole in 1987, according to the Reuters international news service. Ford, then the vice president, became president after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974, but lost his bid for election to Jimmy Carter in 1976. Ford died in 2006.


Danny Vice said...

Almost one year to the day since the passing of Former United States President Gerald Ford, the liberal activist who tried to kill him walks free.

Most people believe that attempting to assassinate a US President should and normally does result in a life in prison for the would - be assassin. Sara Jane Moore is proof that they are wrong. What’s more, her prison record is dotted with conduct violations and an attempted escape in 1978.

Another interesting detail of this case is that Sara Jane Moore was successful at convincing a federal judge to block a prison warden from taking away an inmate’s cell keys back in the summer of 2000.

So why would would a federal prison’s parole board free Sara Jane Moore?

Inmates with life sentences can petition for parole after a staggeringly brief 10 years. This makes it possible to receive a life sentence and be walking the street again in little more than a two-term Presidency.

Presidential assassins can take shots at elected officials, skip two elections and be back in business for more political activism just in time to pop a new President if a parole board so desires.

Moore was released under a federal law that makes parole mandatory for inmates who have served at least 30 years of a life sentence without getting into trouble, according to Thomas Hutchison, chief of staff of the U.S. Parole Commission.

Never-minding the fact that Moore’s conduct was not without incidence during her incarceration, the real outrage is that our own laws mandate the release of such prisoners in just three decades. This is good news for the John Hinckley Jr’s in our prison system, and the future activists who feel like changing the course of history.

Now Listen To This….

Michigan’s second-highest court says that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony offense where Life in prison is within the mandatory sentencing guidelines for that state.

That’s right folks, our laws have become so politically and legally skewed that attempting to blow away a US President is nearly on par in the eyes of the law as an ordinary drunken fling. It’s quite an outlandish thought considering many of our own Presidents have been caught up in extramarital affairs.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

Anonymous said...

Hmm, that's just a bit nutty, my friend. Sara Jane Moore is best described as a freak, not a "liberal activist." Your bias is not rational, yet it colors all your thinking.