Walgreens arsonist gets 20-year sentence
Original post made on May 24, 2013
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on May 24, 2013 at 11:57 am
"... in part because the case was not ripe for review until he was sentenced."
on May 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm
Good God, this was going on 10 years ago ... and this is only being resolved now? Why?
> Donald Ray Williams, 51, was ordered to pay $28.6 million in restitution
OK, Mr. Williams, get out your checkbook, that'll teach you!
on May 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm
> Dondershine said her goal has been to restore her client's mental health and rehabilitate him. Williams has suffered from inadequately treated bipolar disorder with psychotic episodes since age 26, Dondershine said.
You know, when you consider how much these people cost us and how much security must be increased to prevent a nut from causing massive damage to many people ... I'd bet someone, maybe even a Republican, could put together a case that closing the mental hospitals and cutting treatment or quarantining them from society while they are judged irrational or dangerous was penny wise and pound foolish.
How much has this guy cost the state? 26 million, and how much in court time and prison administration?
Having our police constantly dealing with these recurring nuts that are allowed to walk among us also puts stress and strain and them and changes their modes of dealing with people when all they see are crazies. I am sure they are less able, willing and patient to deal with those in between people who never hurt anyone but just get classed in with all the other dangerous nuts.
Really look at cost/benefit and doing the actual work instead of just hand-waving and demonizing everything government does or did makes sense.