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Woman Laughs over Killing Man While Driving Drunk

Justice finally? I guess that it takes a woman to be exceptionally obnoxious and cavalier to receive proper sentencing by the legal system. You be the judge.

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Laughter over death leads to longer sentence
Judge raps woman, already guilty of negligent homicide, for ‘inhumanity’

updated 8:31 a.m. ET, Thurs., Jan. 24, 2008
TUCSON, Arizona – A judge sentenced a woman to nearly the maximum prison term for negligent homicide after hearing a recorded jail conversation in which she made light of the cyclist she killed.

Melissa Arrington, 27, was convicted two months ago of negligent homicide and two counts of aggravated drunk-driving in connection with the December 2006 death of Paul L’Ecuyer.

She could have received as few as four years behind bars, but Superior Court Judge Michael Cruikshank sentenced her Tuesday to 10 1/2 years — one year shy of the maximum.

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One Response to “Woman Laughs over Killing Man While Driving Drunk”

  1. “I guess that it takes a woman to be exceptionally obnoxious and cavalier to receive proper sentencing by the legal system.

    Bernie:
    You’re dead-on with that one.

    My wife is a prosecutor, and she will readily admit that she, and her fellow DA’s, will routinely seek light sentences for women than they do for men (for the same crimes). Aside from the argument that the typical woman being sentenced will have a lesser criminal history than will the typical man (much can be said about just why some women will have less criminal history – but, for now, the simple statement “not charged for…” should sum up nicely), there seems to be this underlying sentiment that women somehow suffer more in jail, that the time women serve is somehow more difficult on the women than it is on men. And, even, that women feel a greater sense of guilt for their wrong doings than do men (I suppose it’s because they cry more – even if it’s mostly just self-pity). I think the example you’ve posted is helpful in dispelling that part of the “harder-on-women” myth. (I do believe I’ll email the story to my wife)

    No real rhyme or reason for such beliefs, but they sure seems to be wide-spread.


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