Ronald Dixon gets 3 days

Ronald Dixon, the man who shot a burglar as he was entering his son's room, has avoided a longer jail term for a shorter one [via Rachel Lucas].

Ronald Dixon, 27, flashed a broad grin yes terday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, a violation that will send him to Rikers Island for just three days, in a deal with Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes. [...]

To get the reduced sentence, Dixon, who works a second job on the weekend to support his family, had to acknowledge his wrongdoing, document where he got the gun and prove that he had taken steps to register it.

As Rachel says, I suppose this could be interpreted as 'good news', but it is a hollow victory. It reminds of a scene from the Shawshank Redemption:

INTERVIEWER#1: Your file says you've served forty years of a life sentence. You feel you've been rehabilitated? Shall I repeat the question?

RED: I heard you. Rehabilitated. Let's see now. You know, come to think of it, I have no idea what that means.

INTERVIEWER#2: Well, it means you're ready to rejoin society as a --

RED: I know what you think it means. Me, I think it's a made-up word, a politician's word. A word so young fellas like you can wear a suit and tie and have a job. What do you really want to know?

Dixon is a man who did nothing wrong. He acted in self-defense to protect his family. Yet, he was made to 'acknowledge his wrongdoing' so that the state of New York might deign to reduce his sentence to three days. Forgive me if I don't see this as justice of any kind.

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This is what we've gotten

This is what we've gotten into by Politicians tampering with the distinct provisions of the Constitution of The United States of America.
Do we have to have another revolutionary war to regain the rights provideed therein ? I would hope not, but if we must, the sooner the better before we are all disarmed !

This is what we've gotten

This is what we've gotten into by Politicians tampering with the distinct provisions of the Constitution of The United States of America.
Do we have to have another revolutionary war to regain the rights provideed therein ? I would hope not, but if we must, the sooner the better before we are all disarmed !