Chris Brown Sentenced
Last Tuesday a Judge Patricia Schnegg sentenced Chris Brown to five years of probation and six months community labor for the beating of Rihanna. Brown was also ordered to stay 100 yards away from his former girlfriend for the next five years, unless they are attending the same industry event and then it is 30 feet.
Judge Schnegg told Brown that any violation of this sentence could land him in state prison.
The assault happened in February of this year, then Brown pled guilty in June. It was released in a probation report that there were two previous unreported incidents of violence while the couple was traveling in Europe and Barbados.
Brown will serve his sentence in Virginia, his home state, being overseen by the police chief of Richmond, Bryan Norwood. The judge wanted to ensure that Brown performs physical labor instead of community service, such as mentoring young people as well as undergoing a year of domestic violence counseling.
Surprises from this story, not necessarily in order of importance.
- What?!?!? You can rent a Lamborghini? Apparently so. For the bargain basement price of $1,495 a day, you too can beat up a woman in style. And that, my friends, is especially important. After all, first impressions last. If people see you beating your wife, they are going to think you are some kind of jerk. That's why Chris Brown recommends forking out the extra $1,300 a day to smash your wife's face into an exotic windshield. It just sounds better, doesn't it?
- The judge wanted to be sure Chris would get physical labor, rather than mentoring some juvenile delinquent. Way to hammer home the justice, your honor. Make him pick up some trash alongside the highway. Because we sure don't want this guy getting off easy eating fine cuisine off a jail house tray now do we. That would be a travesty. Yes, physical labor. Call me crazy, but I'd pick that any day of the week over trying to beat a science book into the head of some little mouthy brat who doesn't want to do his homework.
- Chris Brown was not quoted as saying so, but I'll bet he thanks his lucky stars every night that it wasn't a dog he was beating in the car. As if Mike Vick's fate didn't get me wound up enough, check out this recent comparative case.
GABRIELS - A Rainbow Lake Road resident charged with neglecting his child and numerous animals was released from Franklin County Jail in July and is back living in the area, pending the settlement of a custodial matter involving his daughter. John J. Guest, 62, was sentenced to about 30 days' time served in jail after pleading guilty to cruelty to animals, a class A misdemeanor. He agreed to forfeit custody of all of his animals, said Assistant District Attorney Jack Delehanty. At the time of his arrest, the Tri-Lakes Humane Society had removed one horse, eight chickens, four cats, one dog, two peacocks, one cockatiel and one guinea pig from the property due to their malnourishment, unsanitary living conditions and numerous untreated injuries. "We had expected that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement was going to send him over to Canada because he was an illegal alien, since his green card had expired years and years ago," Delehanty said.
However, state police said at the time that Franklin County Child Protective Services had taken custody of Guest's 8-year-old daughter after his arrest, citing the lack of food and running water at the residence. That matter has not yet been settled, Delehanty said, precluding Guest's deportation.
"He's living back in beautiful Gabriels, New York, in the heart of the beautiful Adirondacks, awaiting further proceedings in another forum," Delehanty said.
Delehanty said he couldn't comment further on the nature of the proceedings or the daughter's status.
Guest was arrested on June 2 and originally charged with endangering the welfare of a child and torturing, injuring or not feeding animals, both class A misdemeanors.
All of the animals have been adopted out except the chickens and the dog, said Tri-Lakes Humane Society Manager Lena Bombard. The dog is a black Labrador mix about a year-and-a-half old, Bombard said.
"He's lived with kids and cats," Bombard said. "The environment he had come from, he was used to being around other animals. He loves to go for walks. He's a good dog."
Bombard said Guest willingly surrendered custody of his animals at the time of his arrest, allowing the Humane Society to start placing them in homes immediately. Otherwise, Bombard said, they would have had to wait until after the charges were resolved before finding them permanent homes.
You've got to be kidding me, right? The guy is arrested for cruelty to animals and endangering the welfare of a child, and gets 30 days... on the animal cruelty charge?!?! Then the animals are taken away without possibility for return, yet the matter of custody of the child is still pending? What kind of enviro-nazi world are we living in over here? It's been a long time coming, a slow implementation of liberal policies, that has lead us to the point where we stand today. A place where a man goes to jail for 30 days for beating his dog, while another gets community service for beating his girlfriend. A place where an NFL player who kills a man while driving drunk gets 30 days in jail and a years suspension from the NFL with guaranteed reinstatement, yet a man who runs a dog fighting ring gets 23 months in Federal prison and has to fight to get back into the NFL.
I'm not trying to defend Vick here. I'm just saying that we seem to have things a bit out of kilter as a society. If John Guest's sentence is fair, than certainly Chris Brown's isn't. If Michael Vick deserves two years in prison for killing some dogs, than certainly Donte Stallworth deserves more than a month for killing a pedestrian.
On an interesting side note, for those of you wishing for a humorous break, I was researching the Pitt Bull to see if I was correct that the breed was produced to fight bears. As this wiki entry establishes, I was right. The entry also goes on to explain that the dogs were also used to fight other animals, including this entry. This is perhaps the funniest thing I read all week.
A variation involved other animals being baited, especially bulls, but also, on one curious occasion, a pony with an ape tied to its back was baited: a spectator described that "...with the screaming of the ape, beholding the curs hanging from the ears and neck of the pony, is very laughable".