Thursday, October 20, 2005

I am sorry, but I would have said that I want to honor Robert Parish


Man requests longer prison term to honor Larry Bird


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A man got a prison term longer than prosecutors and defense attorneys had agreed to -- all because of Larry Bird.

The lawyers reached a plea agreement Tuesday for a 30-year term for a man accused of shooting with an intent to kill and robbery. But Eric James Torpy wanted his prison term to match Bird's jersey number 33.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Caprice said...

A more poignant story about extra time spent in jail can be found in a new film opening tonight in New York.

After Innocence is the name of a new documentary by Jessica Sanders.

She is one of the guests today on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook...

No system is perfect, but when the legal system goes awry, the consequences can be mind-bending.

In the last decade, the emergence of ever-more sophisticated DNA testing has thrown a harsh x-ray on criminal convictions in the United States -- and on the number of prisoners who should not be in prison.

Mainly men who have spent years -- ten years, twenty years, more -- deep behind bars, on a mistake. Years, locked away and innocent.

Now, a first generation of exonerated prisoners is out. Given a "woops, we're sorry", and maybe five dollars, and shown the prison door. After years inside.

After innocence -- the life and minds of the exonerated, back in the world.

October 20, 2005  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

as someone said in response to my post on the same story - now he's the Larry Birdman of Alcatraz!

I wish I had said that.

October 20, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Yeah, I just read that. That's nice!

October 20, 2005  
Blogger Nölff said...

wow. that's vain.

October 21, 2005  
Blogger indygirl said...

Cookoo ca choo

October 21, 2005  

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