N. Tru Bass: Michelle Carter sentenced to 15 months -- Is the Criminal Justice System sick?

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Michelle Carter

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com


Michelle Carter in 2014 sent text messages to her boyfriend urging him to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. On Thursday a judge ordered her to spend 15 months behind bars.

Conrad Roy III, choking, got out of his truck which was filling with carbon monoxide fumes while on the telephone with Carter.  She said to him get back in the cab an she remained on the phone to listen to him die. This is the same justice system that ordered Lil Kim to spend a year and a day in prison and fined $50,000 for allegedly lying about some things she saw.

This article is about Michelle Carter, however these types of cases highlight the disparities in the criminal justice system and it should frustrate every American. The question: Can words cause a suicide? Words change the fate of all of our lives all the time and we all know it.

Matthew Segal, attorney argued “This is saying that what she did is killing him, that her words literally killed him, that the murder weapon here was her words,” he continued, “That is a drastic expansion of criminal law in Massachusetts.” And, I say to that, NO! Her words did not kill him, her fraud killed him.  He believed she loved him because she said she did and he assumed she had his interest in mind, she didn't.  She wanted people to have empathy for her for being the surviving girlfriend of the guy that killed himself.  

She originally faced up to 20 years in prison. Ms. Carter is 20-years-old and the incident is being tried in juvenile court in Bristol County Massachusetts. I have seen 12-year-olds go to adult prison on the same charge of involuntary manslaughter. She is serving a two and a half year term, with 15 months in jail and the balance suspended plus a period of supervised probation.

{I think we need to rethink our ideas about what policing is and should be.  I think we need to rethink our ideas about the criminal justice system as a whole, including the hysterically named corrections system.  I mean, what's being corrected?  Look, none of its working. -- Don Winslow}

Maryclare Flynn, Bristol Assistant DA recommended a sentence of seven to twelve years in jail, she said the incident was deliberate, well thought out campaign for her to gain attention.

Its clear that "The goal is not punitive but rehabilitative," as stated by the defense attorney Joe Cataldo. But, wouldn’t we all like to think that if we had a loved on in the clutches of the criminal justice system the goal would not be punitive but rehabilitative.

Michelle Carter will remain free through the appeals process.

The criminal justice system in America needs to be fixed. This is sick.

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Well written !! Yes I totally agree the so called Justice system is sick!!

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