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What do you think of this judge's sentencing of a murdering sex offender.

This case involved a 4 yr old boy that was abducted by a sex offender, intoxicated, raped, and murdered. Thrown in the trash. Before the trial the offender changed his plea to guilty (had even bragged about raping the boy in jail) so it was up to the judge to sentence him to either death, or life without parole. She gave him life, this was her words to him...
Saying the death penalty was not a harsh enough punishment, a judge ordered for Cecil New II to serve the rest of his life in prison, surrounded by “bigger, meaner men who have nothing to lose.” Death is easy,” she said. “Living outside of death row, in general population in fear of prison justice every day is a hell more suited to you, Mr. New, than living under the protective guise of death row.”

McDonald-Burkman reiterated that this was not a “sentence of mercy, not an act of mercy, not an anti-death penalty stance” but the harshest punishment she could hand down. The judge also addressed Ivan’s family directly, saying she hoped they would find comfort knowing that the only contact New would have would be with bigger, meaner inmates and that “he will be the smaller, weaker, more defenseless.”

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Asked by Astraea_79 at 3:07 PM on Dec. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • i think it was a great sentence. the fact that he ordered that he wouldn't be kept in isolation it great, but also a death sentence. he really won't last very long once it is known what his charge was.

    i can't believe that some civil rights group isn't protesting it saying its cruel and unusual punishment.

    best thing that could happen for that family

    Answer by tntmom1027 at 3:10 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I think what she did was great!! I have no doubt that was the right punishment for him.

    Props to a judge who can use her head!!

    Answer by AtHomeMommy-3 at 3:10 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • clapping


    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 3:10 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I like it - a lot. People in prison (and the guards) don't like people that hurt small children, he will be living hell on earth for the rest of his days. This judge knew what she was doing. Death row inmates are separate from the rest of the population, this guy will be with everyone else now.

    Answer by Scuba at 3:11 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • As long as the general population is informed about what he did somehow, sure.

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:11 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • life will be hard because sex offender dont get treated very well at all that lil boy was a baby bless him in his family i dnt really believe in the dealth penalty but cases like this that involve children beening raped nd killed i would vote death penalty in a split second.

    Answer by kai302 at 3:12 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Nice sentence, he deserves to get his penis cut of with a rusty butter knife too

    Answer by June_Mama09 at 3:13 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Lovinangels - everyone knows what everyone is in for, it won't take very long for word to spread :)

    Answer by Scuba at 3:13 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Its great, I think he deserves prison punishment. Child molesters don't do very well in a prison. He deserves every bit of what the other inmates will do to him.

    Answer by sweet29mom at 3:13 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • well yeah she done the best choice she could, putting him to death would be the easiest way out he needs to know how this kid felt with what he done to him, so i would stand by this judge great sentence for him

    Answer by angelbaby1323 at 3:14 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

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