DISPARITY IN SENTENCING

This is what ticks me off about our judicial system. Take a look at these two cases and you should be able to see exactly what I mean. In the first instance, a black female teacher is found guilty of having sex with a male student and sentenced to 38 years in prison. In the second case, a white male former band director, was sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for having sex with three female students. I don’t think it should matter whether these two individuals are from different states. This is absolutely asinine to me.
Don’t get me wrong, neither of these individuals should have ever touched those kids. I’m all for sentencing the both of them for ever taking the innocence of these children. But do it fairly.
In a Feb. 14, 2013 article written by Joe Palazzolo, it was noted that:
“Prison sentences of black men were nearly 20% longer than those of white men for similar crimes in recent years, an analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found.
That racial gap has widened since the Supreme Court restored judicial discretion in sentencing in 2005, according to the Sentencing Commission’s findings, which were submitted to Congress last month and released publicly this week.”
Check out the stories below.

Disparity
By Breaking News Staff
CLARK COUNTY —
A former band director accused of sexually assaulting students on school property was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.
John Timothy Shook was found guilty on a dozen counts last month, including six counts of sexual battery, five counts of gross sexual imposition and attempted sexual battery.
Five former students testified against him and said he had sexual relations with them.
Three were from Riverside High School, his most recent school, and two were his students eight years ago at Covington High School in Miami County. The current charges did not involve Covington.
Shook was also a teacher at Clark-Shawnee Local Schools beginning in 2007 until he was laid off in 2010, according to district records.
The allegations were brought to light after Riverside High School officials and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office began investigating an incident where Shook was accused of spanking one of the alleged victims in class as part of a birthday tradition.
The 16-year-old girl complained to her mother and later admitted she had sex with Shook multiple times, including in a janitor’s supply closet, weight room and teacher’s bathroom.
Two other female victims came forward claiming they were molested by Shook.
After Shook’s indictment and subsequent arrest were publicized in March, the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office received reports that Shook did similar things as a teacher in Covington.

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