Should Child-Porn Collector Get No Prison Time Because He's Severely Handicapped?

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Should an Orange County father caught possessing child pornography receive a lighter punishment because he is handicapped?
 
If you're Louis George Thibault Jr., a former machine tools and equipment salesman, the answer is an unqualified yes. 

After being indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2011 for collecting kiddie porn from LimeWire file-sharing services off the Intenet, Thibault eventually admitted guilt last year and sought a punishment of one day of incarceration, plus six months of home detention because he is severely hampered by Multiple Sclerosis.

But Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Keenan considered Thibault's punishment request "unreasonably low" and "utterly fails to account for the seriousness of the offense," especially considering the U.S. Probation Office recommended a sentence of 97 months in prison and lifetime supervision.

Keenan concluded that a 24-month term, plus probation for seven years upon Thibault's return to society would be appropriate punishment. 

This month -- after Thibault called his actions "stupid," apologized for his "horrible mistake" and asked for "mercy . . . because I'm not a bad or evil person" -- U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton Tucker sided with the prosecutor, according to court records inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

Tucker gave Thibault, who was born in 1967 and is married with a child, until noon on April 19 to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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34 comments
LPHastings
LPHastings

It's not like he has down syndrome or something that prohibits him from understanding why child porn is wrong. He has MS! It's his body that is ill, not his mind. Book 'em!

Kyle Synan
Kyle Synan

He'll no! That goes for any minority status. Female, ethnic, religious or disable! Our exceptance of behavior outside societal norms are totally given a pass! F that! Lock them up!

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Equality should be the rule here. You want to use bathrooms like normal people, you get sentenced like normal people.

Dylan Morris
Dylan Morris

Then that means he just sits in his wheel chair at home and just wanks it all day to children.... Lock him up for life And throw away the key!

David Rodz
David Rodz

Take him to prison so he gets raped

David Rodz
David Rodz

Fuck that!!!!!! burn the Motherfucker

Jeff Soto
Jeff Soto

Awww poor guy......HELL NO! Wheel his broken @ss into the joint

Vanessa Magana
Vanessa Magana

Nope! Its just easier to catch to beat the $hit out of him!!!!

Devon Cindy Martin
Devon Cindy Martin

Handi-Capable...right? We are no better, or they better....equal person, equal punishment.

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

So being disabled = get out of jail free card? He should be given an alternate sentence not necessarily "lighter," if the prison isn't handicaped-friendly. How about 20k hours of community service at a rape counseling clinic?

Erin White
Erin White

Fuck no. Roll his ass right into the prison.

Gris Diaz
Gris Diaz

He's handicapped, not brainless! Punish him to the full extent

Travis Yarbrough
Travis Yarbrough

That's like Republican MEN saying they believe in Legitimate Rape ....

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

what sentence did that judge form Irvine get for child porn on his computer? I think his name was kine or Klien.

anon338
anon338

@paullucas714 - If you're referring to Judge Ronald Klein, he was sentenced in 2007 to serve 27 months in federal prison.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@anon338 @paullucas714 Anon thanks, I was going to say with his MS, taken into consideration if it were, peg it to the leniency that was granted to that judge Ronald Klein. Seems reasonable to me.

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