OK, I’m having another one of those moments where something is so insanely stupid to me that my brain is having trouble understanding it so I need someone to explain it to me. Specifically, I need someone to explain why it is that down in Louisiana it appears the legal system thinks that looting booze is a much more severe crime than bribing Federal officials to perpetuate a scam.
Seriously. A judge just gave three people who looted a liquor store during Hurricane Katrina 15 years in prison…
They were convicted of attempting to leave the grocery with 27 bottles of liquor and wine, six cases of beer and one case of wine coolers, six days after Katrina made landfall. Little, McGowen and Pearson each testified that they were not looting, but they offered conflicting accounts of matters such as who drove to the store.
But two guys involved in bribes for fraudulent debris removal documents got one year, a $5,000 fine, and two years probation:
Kendrix and Nelson were charged in December with conspiracy to commit bribery of a federal official for allegedly making a deal to falsify debris removal documents after Hurricane Katrina.
….Prosecutors said Kendrix was working as a quality assurance representative for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at the Hintonville dumpsite in Perry County, Miss., when he allegedly accepted payments from Nelson, a debris removal subcontractor. Nelson was charged with paying Kendrix multiple bribes to create false load tickets for debris that Nelson never dumped at the Hintonville site.
Steal some booze during the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in decades and you get 15 years in prison, but engage in bribery and fraud and you get a year. What the fuck is wrong with you people? How is this at all justifiable? Has everyone in Louisiana gone fucking nuts?
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