Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I’d be exaggerating if I said this was the reason that I came home to England, but the atmosphere of gratuitous cruelty that seems to be poisoning the USA was certainly a contributing factor.

"Rennie Gibbs is accused of murder, but the crime she is alleged to have committed does not sound like an ordinary killing. Yet she faces life in prison in Mississippi over the death of her unborn child. Gibbs became pregnant aged 15, but lost the baby in December 2006 in a stillbirth when she was 36 weeks into the pregnancy. When prosecutors discovered that she had a cocaine habit – though there is no evidence that drug abuse had anything to do with the baby's death – they charged her with the "depraved-heart murder" of her child, which carries a mandatory life sentence. Gibbs is the first woman in Mississippi to be charged with murder relating to the loss of her unborn baby. But her case is by no means isolated. Across the US more and more prosecutions are being brought that seek to turn pregnant women into criminals. "Women are being stripped of their constitutional personhood and subjected to truly cruel laws," said Lynn Paltrow of the campaign National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). "It's turning pregnant women into a different class of person and removing them of their rights." Click here for more.

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The secret word is Vindictive


Aleleeinn said...

Is she poor and black. Then she's an easy victim. Ask any Tea Party member and they'll tell you it was poor black people that trashed the real estate economy. Not junk bonds or twisted accounting schemes or abject greed. It was people trying for the American dream told lies and scammed to buy a house that the mortgage company could resell to someone else when the couldn't make the payments.
So since the government can't win the war on drugs, since these flunky prosecutors want to be congressmen and judges; this woman has to pay the price.
There are some other twisted cases where the intent for murder seems to be obviously missing, but the case is going forward.
Makes me glad I'm an extra-terrestrial.

Anonymous said...

with you on this one, wish I was an aleleein too..

M said...

You're damn right. Even by American standards the mean spirit is on the rise.