I'll be the first to say that we need a stricter judicial system with more mandatory santencing. When i read this story today...the first thing that came to my mind was Brett Myers...the Philidelphia Phillies pitcher who publicly abused his wife recently. http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=228&p=2&c=542053 Anyways...this judgement seems excessive beyond belief. Community service would have been a much better sentence based upon the situation that existed at that time. Not to stick up for the looters or any looters. But this will teach nothing and just create greater division between the have's and the have nots in that area. The intent of the law is obvious...I'm just saying who will remember this case when the next major storm hits? A five year suspended sentence with 5 years of community service would have had a greater effect. http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/06/29/looters.sentenced.ap/index.html So a guy who could have killed his wife with a whack to the temple or if she fell on her head just right can go home. Some poor blacks that wanted some booze to pass their misery away go to jail for 15 years. The public wonders where the hate comes from...uhhh DUHH...take a good look.