Thursday, July 19, 2018

People v. Booth (Cal. Ct. App. - July 19, 2018)

To figure out what the defendant's sentence was, all you need to know are the offenses for which he was convicted:

"Defendant was convicted of five counts of sexual penetration of a child 10 years old or younger; 1 three counts of oral copulation of a child 10 years old or younger; five counts of preparing pornographic images of a minor; one count of possessing child pornography; and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. As to count 9, possession of pornography, the jury found it to be true that defendant possessed more than 600 images and 10 or more images involving a prepubescent minor or a minor under 12 years old."

Yeah.  You're never, ever getting out of prison.  Ever.

The actual details of the offenses are amongst the most disturbing I've ever read.  Too disturbing even to post here.

I'm confident that history will at some point judge our practice of locking up twenty-something-year olds for the rest of their lives, without any effective possibility of release and in the conditions in which they are so confined.  I'm not at all confident that this judgment will be a favorable one.

At the same time, defenders of our contemporary practices will point to cases like this one as why we did what we did.

Anyway, a distressing case.