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August 1, 2013 - 12:42 pm

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Michelle Knight was the only victim who spoke at the hearing:

Ariel Castro, I remember all the times you came home … and talked about other things and said at least I didn’t kill you.  You took 11 years of my life away and I have got it back. I spent 11 years in hell and now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome this. From this moment on, I won’t let this affect me. I will live and you will die a little every day as you think about it.

Russo scolded Castro for claiming he was a victim: “You are a victimizer.” He said Castro should not receive anything other than consecutive sentences for the multiple charges: “You are too dangerous.”

Judge Russo sentenced him to lifetime incarceration without the possibility of parole on the murder charge. He then began the agonizing process of reading the hundreds of rape, kidnapping, and sexual predator charges and sentenced Castro to hundreds of years of incarceration.

In imposing consecutive lifetime sentences that amount to 1000 years to life, Russo said, “The harm is so unusual in a completely negative sense that you took three young women out of the significant relationships they had with their families and their community at a time in their lives and you treated them like slaves, as if they were not people, like they were sex objects.”

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I'm sick of monsters who claim they're merely sick. Does that make me a monster?
1 year ago
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Murder? Of a fetus? How's that?

"Fetus" is Liberal/Latin for "disposable non-human mass of cells."

Our nation has "murdered" something like 54 million fetuses since 1973, and the abortion practitioners are wealthy, honored... and walking around free.

Why is this guy called a sick monster while President Obama thanks God for tax-funded Planned Parenthood?

1 year ago
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The mind boggles. At the risk of being accused of having an "overly simplistic Manichean view of humanity" I think we can safely say this guy is just pure evil. (Also, per Hannah Arnedt, he's incredibly "banal" to boot.) The Left has done a remarkable job eliminating the concept of "good" and "evil" in society. They have successfully substituted the notion of "victim" (good) and "victimizer" (bad.) The key difference between the two worldviews is that the world of the victim and victimizer also requires a third party - the "victim advocate." This is the individual (usually self-appointed) who determines who is a "victim" and what sort of reparations they should get from the "victimizer." In this view the victim is almost an inanimate object who can only become fully realized with the aid of the "advocate." The beauty of this is that most of us know the difference between "good and evil." In the "victim/victimizer" culture it is the victim advocate who TELLS you if you are entitled to be a victim or not. Thus a thriving industry is born and moral relativism triumphs. I can understand why Mr. Castro made such a pitch in court. It has worked so well for so long for others.
1 year ago
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What's with a sentence of "life w/o parole plus 1,000 years"?

What's that extra 1,000 years worth? It's idiotic.
1 year ago
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No it's not. You have to understand the way the system works. Life without parole means just that to you and me, but it does NOT mean that to the penal system.

Life plus 1,000 is making sure he doesn't get out for good behavior.
1 year ago
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Justice won't be done until other prisoners snuff him out.
1 year ago
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He should be sealed in plastic and flung into the sun.
1 year ago
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This is a common, even in some sense a normal, reaction to this kind of thing.

This is why we have a prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment".


Hanging will do.
1 year ago
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This is nothing more than the sickness that comes from believing that the root cause of society's ills always lie outside one's self and never with one's self.
1 year ago
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Here is a thought that may not be very Christian but reflects my feelings toward this thing masquerading as a human being. It would be nice if they could have a convenient noose hanging in Castro's cell for him to see every day and use when it suits him.
1 year ago
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He's not sick, he's a monster.


1 year ago
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1 thousand years behind bars can never makeup for 11 years of hell.
1 year ago
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I completely agree. Also because the 1000 years are symbolic only, and because they are 1000 years of a thug anyway. The 11 years robbed are the most beautiful years of three worthwhile citizens. They suffered, stagnated in life, and regressed too. What can make up for that? Maybe the state of Ohio for failing to protect its citizens must materially help comfort them.

If he knew that he was sick, he should have surrendered himself headfirst to a doctor. Then I would have compassion for him. Not after that he was caught ruining more than three lives.

I have a feeling that a little more down the road he would have killed these three women, one at a time. Maybe he has done that with others that we don't know.

It adds to my disdain that this thug grows a philosopher's beard and takes the sage's pose.
1 year ago
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A bill was introduced in the Ohio legislature to that effect to:

"award at least twenty-five thousand dollars per year from the court of claims victims of crime fund to any survivor of abduction who was abducted for a period of eight years or more; to award free tuition at any state university or college to any such survivor of abduction; to seek a waiver from the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for medical assistance to be provided for any such survivor of abduction for the duration of the survivor's lifetime; and to name the provisions of this bill the Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act."

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_197
1 year ago
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A private fund set up to aid the victims has raised more than a million dollars to date. Anyone wishing to help can donate here:

http://clevelandcourage.org/
1 year ago
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