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March 18th, 2007

05:20 pm: Sex Offender Gets Less Time Than Burglars
January 2006, the police arrive as a minister is pulling up his pants, standing over the woman he's just brutally raped, sodomized, and battered.

Yesterday, he got 16 months in prison. What the heck?

Well, first, the minister agreed to a deal that carried a 20-year minimum sentence, but then he realized it required registering as a sex offender and the prosecutor agreed to change the plea to something less that had no minimum and a 10-year maximum.

The prosecutor ended her argument by saying "I wish Mr. Marriott well. I hope that his wife takes him back. I am very glad to see his church and his community are still supporting him." The prosecutor!

The judge then sentenced him to what would be nine years in jail, except the judge suspended all but 16 months of each, and set them up to be served concurrently.

I don't live in that county, but I wish I did, because I'd be trying to get that judge off the bench and the prosecutor fired.

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05:25 pm: BFAC and Birds
New auctions up for Beading For a Cure -- all winning bids will go to the National Colorectal Cancer Research Association. We have six necklaces, all very different (I bid on one!) -- one with a pendant watch, one with a fiber base, and one that comes with runes. Have a look!

Today, the car in the parking lot directly outside my porch has a sunroof and an air deflector in front of it. The male mourning dove clutched the top of the deflector with the wind ruffling his feathers; a figurehead for the gray car.

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