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  1. QuiGon

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    Only in ultra-liberal Massachusetts (or, perhaps, California) could a scumbag like Rod Matthews come up for parole. At age 14, this lowlife took a baseball bat and crushed to death the skull of another 14 year old.

    Fortunately, it looks right now that his appeal will be denied. But how can we even be having a discussion about freeing this lowlife..? How can a worthless piece of sh*t like this person even be allowed to plead a case to be released from jail...? And how can a so-called "compassionate" professor of criminology actually support this scumbag's appeal..?

    Spare me the "he was only 14" bullcrap. It isn't like he took one swing and got scared and ran away. He meticulously planned his attack in advance, bashed the victim several times, and had a plan to cover up his crime. And now he's up for parole.

    They should make a rule that any criminal that receives parole has to live in the same neighborhood of the members of that parole board.
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    #15 Jersey

    You mean the 14 year old who beat a kid with a bat in 1986? The one who was on Ritalin since third grade, that one? I'm not familiar with the case, just googled the above information. Don't know if he's shown remorse or has been rehabilitated. Seems unfortunate that someone at age 14 should spend the rest of their life in prison if they have somehow completely changed.
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    Just because someone comes up for parole does not mean there is any other intent than to allow him the opportunity to exercise the right that all prisoners do. Not enough info to know his actual sentence and the Mass Laws. Was he sentenced to life or sentenced to life without parole?? In many states they did not have the latter on the books in 1986, so that may be why he is coming up.

    Tough to call a 14 year old a scum bag, he did what he did, and he has accepted responsibility for his behavior.. do not condone what he did, but calling anyone names you do not know is countreproductive.
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    This is what always cracks me up about you loony libbies... You always see things from the criminal's point of view. Sure, why not let him free..? After all, what's a little pre-meditated murder amongst friends...? :mad:

    Sorry, but there is nothing that "seems unfortunate" about a 14 year old who committed pre-meditated murder in the most heinous fashion imaginable spending the rest of his life behind bars. I'll support letting him go free when the victim is able to go home to his parents.

    And call it a hunch, but something tells me you're one of those NIMBY hypocrites. You have no problem with him being let go - as long as it isn't into your backyard.
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    Well, obviously it wasn't life without parole since he's up for parole (duh) :rolleyes:
    Gee, ya know... I guess I am just another heartless conservative... because when I see a 14 year old bash the brains of another 14 year old with a baseball bat, I have no problem calling him a lowlife scumbag of the worst sort imaginable that serves society best behind bars and never again seeing the light of day.

    Tell ya what... you married...? Have any kids...? How about you offer him a room to stay in your house..? I am sure you'd love to have this guy around any hypothetical young children you may have. What a role model..!!

    Heck, it was only 5 short years ago (when he was last up before parole) that he said he couldn't promise to be sure he wouldn't ever want to do the same thing again.
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    #75 Jersey

    Who does this guy think he is...

    A Kennedy?
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    Unfukcing beleivable that we drug kids in this country. Nothing makes me more irate than this fugged up, drug sh1t.

    I dunno about the case either. I'll have to read up before making up my mind. You do feel compassionate for a 14 year old who has committed a crime, but at the same time, he did murder someone in cold blood. It's not easy picking a horse in this one. I've gotta read up.
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    I'll be honest and admit I don't want him in my neighborhood, and i live in Cheslea! :eek:

    http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=1001420


    During the trial, friends of Matthews testified he wanted to experience what it was like to kill someone, and chose Ouillette because he was new to the area and Matthews thought he wouldn’t be missed.

    Matthews recounted in chilling detail how he befriended Ouillette with a game of pool, then lured him to the woods by asking if he wanted to help build a fort. Once in the woods, Matthews said he struck Ouillette from behind in the head - dropping Ouillette to his knees.

    "He yelled out, ’God help me,’ and then I hit him seven more times," Matthews said as Ouillette’s mother, Jeanne Quinn, gasped and sobbed in the hearing room.

    After killing Ouillette, Matthews showed the body to several friends as search teams spent weeks scouring the South Shore for the missing boy.

    "If I ever have these thoughts, I will get help. ... I do not want to hurt anybody ever again," said Matthews, who broke down in tears several times during his testimony.

    But board members expressed skepticism that he could be sure he would not kill again. The board denied Ouillette’s first bid for parole in 2001 after Matthews said he had struggled to understand the thoughts that drove him to kill and could not guarantee he wouldn’t succumb to them again.

    Board Chairwoman Maureen Walsh said Matthews developed a "cool and cunning and manipulative plan" to kill Ouillette.

    Quinn urged the board to keep Matthews in prison - but not for vengeance.

    "I am here to keep us all safe, because I am afraid of what will happen if this man is set free," she said.
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    Yeah, let's just throw away the system of trial-by-jury because it'll come up with some verdicts Qui Gon doesn't like. What's Pujo talking about? Ahh yes... after the trial, the jury declined to convict the boy of first-degree murder and instead chose to convict him of second degree murder, a decision that brings with it future parole. Not "only in Massachusetts", almost every state (maybe every state even) allows for parole for 2nd degree murder.
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    Why are you always spoiling one of these right wing rants with rational thought and facts?? Damn you Pujo!!! You know the justice system is a liberal conspiracy!!!
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    Roll your eyes all you want, sentences are changed by higher courts.. the reality is in most states 20 years is a long time for someone to do time on a murder rap. Not sympathizing, but this is the reality. Went to school with a guy who was in West Point, on leave shot two guys in the head.. sentenced to life X 2 did ten years and never had another problem. One of the real issues is to keep too many people locked up for too long on the taxpayers dime. It is what it is, an overburdened criminal justice system.. to many inmates, too many correctional officers, too many facilities and a whole bunch of pensions we will all pay for.
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    You aren't advocating that we let criminals go because we don't want to pay to incarcerate them are you? I'd prefer we keep criminals behind bars than pay for Viagra for the elderly, dole out hundreds of billions in wars overseas, spend half a trillion dollars a year on education, and waste countless other billions on the lazy. This doesn't even mention foreign aide. This country desperately needs to get its priorities straight.
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    You mean facts like he committed pre-meditated murder in the most heinous fashion one could imagine...?

    You're just another NIMBY hypocrite. How about you introduce this scumbag to your family and let them hang out...?
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    Sorry, the jury found him guilty of second degree murder, which is not pre-meditated. I'm sure when you replace the function of the jury in the criminal justice system it'll be different, but for now the jury decides what crime someone is or isn't guilty of.
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    The reality is there are too many people in jail, and there has to be a better solution.. bottom line is it is too expensive to keep this many people in jail. I do not have an issue with incarceration, but correctional systems have limits.. I do not know this case, but in our current system parole for murder is a reality. 20 years for a kid who committed murder at age 14, is a very long sentence, he will get out sooner or later. Not defending what he did, but there is a reality in the context of prisons. Prisons are not only supposed to protect the public, but prepare prisoners for reintegration into the community. When the basic philosophy of prisons change, other things will follow, but right now murderers get out every day.. like it or not.

    There have been times in every state where there has been pressure on Parole Boards to reduce the population. In most states there have been caps placed by Federal Courts and when they are violated fines automatically kick in. Do not know the current Mass sitz. but in RI we are just about to go over the limits placed by Federal Courts. No one likes the alternatives, but it is what it is.
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    One good solution would be to deport any illegal immigrant that commits a felony and strengthen our borders. But you won't support that, will you..?
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    Excellent point.
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    Oh, I agree with respect to how crowded our jails are, with the costs, and the reality of what it all represents. I just think that we should put more resources into the system, as it is far more important to our citizentry than is a couple of billion to Israel, Egypt, or Guam. I'd prefer that we keep violent criminals in jail, if it means no free Viagra for the elderly. In the debate last night one of the questions Huckabee faced was regarding some paroled killer who was released in this fashion, and killed again (might have been raped as opposed to killed). I'd prefer to keep these types behind bars.
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    #91 Jersey

    Question,QUIGON Have you at any time got behind the wheel of a car after haveing a few drinks? a Cristmas party,office party, Patriots game ect. The odds that you didn't even once in your life would probely be astronomical,And if and when you did you would be a Scumbag drunken driver who consiously choose to do it. By the grace of God,or luck you didn't hurt or kill some-body. I always get a kick out of you self-rightious people who are always ready to judge other peoples actions.Without looking at their own.
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    There you go again, resorting to insults. Were you beaten as a child or what? 9 times out of ten, You cant respond without acting like a baby whos lost his binky.

    So Heres one back at you...GFY QG, you washed up loser. You dont know how I feel about this issue other than that I believe Pujo made a valid point and that you are just a knee jerk reactionary douchebag.

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