Abuse your TV-Go to Prison for Life!

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  1. Grant B

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    True story; The last paragraph is unbelievable!


    Court won't let inmate ship sperm to wife

    Harriet Chiang, Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer Tuesday, November 19, 2002

    The U.S. Supreme Court denied Monday an unusual request by a California inmate to impregnate his wife through artificial insemination.

    The justices left intact a federal appeals court ruling that inmates do not have a constitutional right to procreate.

    The action dashes the parental hopes of William Gerber, 42, who wanted to ship a special overnight package to his wife, Evelyn -- via a sperm bank -- containing a semen sample. He was willing to pay all costs.

    Gerber, who is in Ironwood State Prison in Riverside County, is not allowed conjugal visits because he has no parole date.

    He is serving a three-strikes sentence of 111 years to life for firing a gun into his television set.
     
  2. Max Leung

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    Wow this sounds like a Max Headroom episode!
     
  3. Josh Lowe

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    So what were his first two felony convictions for? Please fill in the rest of the story.
     
  4. Scott Bourden

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    "Gerber was convicted in 1997 for armed raids and drug crimes"
    Taken from http://english.pravda.ru/fun/2001/09/10/14777.html
    This may seem harsh, or perhaps a bit "off"... But in my opinion, not letting him procreate is a good thing... The less a repeat criminal's genes are spread, the happier I am [​IMG]
     
  5. Grant B

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    I would have never thought shooting a TV would be a felony crime....
     
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    I would guess that he is actually in jail for felony gun possession. I think that it is the case that in some states at least, convicted felons are denied the right to possess a fire arm just as they are barred from voting. I don't know the facts in this particular case however.
     
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    I believe Calif 3-strike law calls for stiff penalties for the third crime, felony or misdemeanor, if your 2 previous convictions were felonies.

    A similar topic is a man serving life (or is it 25 yrs) for stealing 150.00 worth of Disney videos. I don't recall what his 2 prior felonies were, but I'm confident they weren't as inane as shoplifting.
     
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    I'd be willing to bet that after strike two this guy's judge or lawyer told him to behave because if he spit on the sidewalk in front of the wrong cop he could get life. That being the case he deserves a cell decorated with Disney characters.
     
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    If he was watching something on Oxygen. He probably could have pleaded "self-defense" [​IMG]
     
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    Social Darwinism at it's best. [​IMG]
     
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    $150.00 of Disney DVD's so whats that like 2 movies?
     
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    IBTL!
     
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    Considering the translation of ‘Pravda’, we can be assured of being presented a true story. [​IMG]
     
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    I think his other crime was ripping of the MATTRESS TAG.
     
  16. Grant B

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    I dont know, thinking about spending 40 or 50 years behind bars in a 5 x 5 cage makes me wonder if death isnt more humane.

    I knew a friend of a friend back in Ohio many years ago. He sort of flipped out one day after flunking out of college. He had never watched or owned a TV so when he bought one became addicted to police dramas very quickly. He decieded he could rob a bank better than the idiots on TV. Anyways he goes to this bank with a ski mask (it was winter) a note and a gun; gets to the door thinks again; and turns around to go home.
    This was the day the SS checks came in the mail and kids would roll the old people in the parking lot for the cash....so they had undercover cops in the lot to catch them....well they caught him instead; talk about crappy luck.
    Sure it was dumb but he never did anything. The judge gave him a suspended sentance but he was guilty of a felony.
    Years later my friend that knew him said everytime he put that down on a job application he never got a job. So when he left it off and got promotions etc, one day they would check his record find this and fire him instantly. This haunted him for decades and it made me understand how it could lead to more crime since no one would give him a job. He was a nice decent guy who didnt have a mean streak in him; but that incident just about destroyed his life.
     
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    Like others have said, he was probably actually charged with felony possesion or felony discharge of a firearm. I'm sure no one has ever been chareged a crime "felony electronics homocide". In some states it is a misdemeaner to own an unregistered fire arm and in those same states, it is very often a felony to own an unregistered fire arm if you already have a felony record.
     
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    I do what I can.
     

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