Alabama Man Won't Serve Prison Time for Raping Austin Smith Clem raped a teenager three times. His punishment: supervision and probation. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE! This is exactly why I am busting my butt in college so that I can become a lawyer!
Reynolds Wintersmith Jr. has spent half of his life in prison. He was arrested at 19 for dealing drugs and declined a plea offer of 10 years, choosing to go to trial. He was only a street dealer, but he opened himself up to the life-without-parole sentence because he was held accountable for the entire amount of cocaine sold as part of a conspiracy. "This is your first conviction … and here you face life imprisonment.”
Walter Johnson was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping white women to withdraw money from ATMs and other related charges. There was no violence, rape or attempted murder. He was a businessman frustrated by setbacks and desperate to pay his workers and care for his family. Sentence: 20 years in prison.
Robert Dellinger, a former Fortune 500 executive was convicted of negligent homicide when he killed a Vermont couple and their unborn child by crashing his pickup truck into their SUV. Sentence: 12 to 24 years in prison. Walter Johnson killed nobody.
At 23, college student Clarence Aaron was sentenced to three life-without-parole sentences for playing a minor role in two planned large drug deals. He wouldn't testify against his co-conspirators, but they testified against him and received reduced sentences. His mother said "When the judge announced the sentence of three life terms, my heart shattered into a thousand pieces. Since this nightmare began, I merely exist. The pain never subsides."
If this is justice .
Jesse Webster was never actually convicted of selling drugs. In 1994,as a teenager living in Chicago, he helped arrange a cocaine deal that was later aborted. Months later he was called in for questioning. Because he would not turn informant against a local gang that he was not a member of, healone went to trial. He was found guilty of contempt, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and filing false tax returns. He was sentenced to life in prison at 27 years old.
was charged in 2009 with first-degree murder in the slaying of Robert Wykel, whose body has never been found. Jurors deadlocked in his first trial but found him guilty in a second trial. Sentence: 20 years in prison.
At 34, Clarence Robinson was locked up for life without parole for playing a minor part in a drug operation. He was found guilty of the packaging of crack cocaine and with "rocking up"- turning powdered cocaine into crack. Because he had two prior convictions (crack cocaine possession and possession of a firearm as a felon) he was subject to a mandatory life-without-parole sentence. Three higher-ups in the drug ring testified against him and got reduced sentences of nine to 10 years.
Wayne Sperling’s four young sons could only grunt when authorities rescued them from a filthy Denver apartment. They were neglecting to the point where they could not recognize food. Sperling did not learn his lesson after an earlier child-abuse conviction. Sentence: Five years in prison. Fifteen years less than Walter Johnson.
Anthony Jerome Jackson's life-without-parole sentence came for stealing a wallet from a hotel room in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Prior burglary convictions in 2006 and 2009 triggered South Carolina's three-strikes law, and Jackson, now 46, says he didn't understand the charges against him. "You will think that I kill[ed] someone with that kind of time," he told the ACLU.
Danielle Metz is serving three life sentences for her involvement in her husband's cocaine distribution enterprise -- her first offense. Her jury was made up of 11 white jurors and one black juror. She is the mother of two. "To be away from my kids, to miss them growing up, to have to parent them over the phone and in the visitation room, to miss my daughter’s wedding, took a piece of me that can’t be replaced," Metz told the ACLU.
Osiel Cardenas, Jr., son of Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, who headed the Gulf Cartel in Northeastern Mexico until he was sentenced to 25 years in prison after his arrest in 2003, was found guilty in U.S. court for trying to smuggle ammunition across the Texas border into Mexico. Sentence: up to 10 years in prison. Over 10 less than Walter Johnson.
Michael Fitzgerald Wilson was sentenced to life without parole as a first-time nonviolent drug offender in 1994. Former President Bill Clinton commuted the sentence of the only white defendant involved in the case in 2001. Now 48, Wilson seldom sees his three sons, who are now in their mid-20s, because they live in Texas and he's imprisoned in California. He suffered a stroke in 2011 and his condition has improved very little.