Hungarian Justice

…needs an overhaul.

For instance, if I were to be convicted of doing what these men were doing, my lifespan in Texas would be measured in heartbeats.

And rightly so.  Sad to say, it’s not even a particularly unknown crime in Hungary — the gypsy community is infamous for it.

Who says we shouldn’t have a death penalty?

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  1. Anna

     /  September 5, 2007

    While I agree with the gist of what you are saying, just would love to see the actual sentence write-up. We don’t exactly know the details and how much evidence there was to actually convict for a certain specific crime. That’s the problem with these small snippets of newsbits…

  2. Simply being convicted of grabbing people and beating them for trying to escape qualifies as aggravated kidnapping (5): even without the forcible prostitution, those facts alone are sufficient to land one in jail for life: five years would be the absolute minimum.

    Sec. 20.04. AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly abducts another person with the intent to:
    (1) hold him for ransom or reward;
    (2) use him as a shield or hostage;
    (3) facilitate the commission of a felony or the flight after the attempt or commission of a felony;
    (4) inflict bodily injury on him or violate or abuse him sexually;
    (5) terrorize him or a third person; or
    (6) interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.
    (b) [inserted 9/1/95] A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly abducts another person and uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the offense.
    (c) Except as provided by Subsection (d), an offense under this section is a felony of the first degree.
    (d) At the punishment stage of a trial, the defendant may raise the issue as to whether he voluntarily released the victim in a safe place. If the defendant proves the issue in the affirmative by a preponderance of the evidence, the offense is a felony of the second degree.


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