Brass knuckles to kid gloves

Barbaric beating deserved far harsher punishment against unrepentant juveniles

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After a rabid gang of feral youths brutally beat an innocent pedestrian to unconsciousness and multiple injuries here March 1, they made a cell-phone video bragging about it.

Another celebratory video may be in order, after the juvenile court system slapped their wrists last Friday.

One got a mere three years' probation; a second was acquitted altogether; and a third received but 18 to 24 months in a juvenile facility.

Despite their conspiratorial actions, the brazen video, their eager claims of gang membership and various confessions to police, Judge Willie Saunders dismissed criminal street-gang activity charges against the youths. Unbelievable.

The evidence as to whether Joshua Plowright, 15, was even present at the savage beating of 16-year-old Terence Reese was weak and conflicting. His acquittal is understandable.

But probation for another? And just a couple of years at the max for another? Outrageous.

This is why all five suspects should have been tried in adult court. Anyone participating in such an act of barbarism to any degree whatsoever should be put away for years, if not decades.

Thankfully, the remaining two will be adjudicated in Superior Court. But the juvenile court system was insistent on working its particular magic on these three -- determining, for example, that suspects Ross Nipple, 15 (18 to 24 months), and Daniel Musick, 15 (probation), were "in need of treatment."

What gobbledygook. The one in need of treatment has been the victim, Terence Reese, who suffered a seriously broken jaw among other injuries in what appeared to be a brass-knuckle attack.

According to police, and confirmed from courthouse observation, most of these youths appear blatantly unrepentant. Their kid-gloves treatment in juvenile court surely hasn't helped.

Nor can it help law enforcement officers in their painstaking efforts to make the streets of Augusta safe.

We understand the time-honored philosophy of juvenile court: The focus is on the offender and his or her rehabilitation. Occasionally it even works. We pray it does in this case -- and we suggest the entire community watch to see if it does.

But the nature of juvenile offenders and their offenses has changed markedly over the decades, and the system's poor-little-baby approach doesn't wash anymore. Indeed, it makes society less safe.

And it drives law enforcement officers nuts.

"I get disgusted so much in juvenile court," one law enforcement officer told us. "That's a great part of our problem. There is no message sent up there (to juveniles). These juveniles get away with murder. It is unreal."

Anyone who thinks these toughs are children in need of care needs to see what they did to a young man minding his own business.

On March 1, Terence Reese was inhumanly pounded to a pulp.

More recently, justice took a pounding.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/14/10 - 04:09 am
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If vigilante type justice and

If vigilante type justice and gang against gang violence is to be prevented, we have to be able to trust our justice system to do the reasonable thing. Judge Saunders decisions are regrettable. I have always thought better of him.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 07/14/10 - 04:10 am
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Where is Brother Jessie

Where is Brother Jessie Jackson and his ranting for justice to be done for Terrence Reese. Or is it only a crime and an injustice if whites beat up a black man. Jessie just likes to stir the racial pot, not really concerned about justice or anything else.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 07/14/10 - 06:38 am
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Let "Judge Willie" take a few

Let "Judge Willie" take a few licks on his noggin and then decide if brass knucks are a deadly weapon or not.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/14/10 - 07:28 am
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What do we expect with a
Unpublished

What do we expect with a legal system that coddles these punks and their irresponsible parents? This will continue and probably get worse. Take a look at the prison population. They are just an older version of these punks, who will be joining them in coming years, and our tax dollars will be footing the bill, as usual.

gobsmacked
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gobsmacked 07/14/10 - 07:59 am
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It doesn't appear that the

It doesn't appear that the Reverend Jackson is needed here to stir the racial pot. Nightwing has an outboard motor revving in it.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/14/10 - 08:56 am
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Neuter them so they don't

Neuter them so they don't reproduce and remove them from society for many, many years. Rehabilitation of these types of individuals is one in a million. They will only get worse and it could be your son or daughter next.

It's also time for these so called judges to start explaining themselves. Every single day you hear about a story in the news where some woman gets raped, a kid gets molested or someone gets murdered or beaten by someone who was recently let out on parole.

How can these judges sleep at night?

chascush
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chascush 07/14/10 - 09:07 am
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These thugs are product of

These thugs are product of government schools and the entitlement programs. They most likely don’t know who their daddy is.

seabeau
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seabeau 07/14/10 - 09:39 am
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Remember the Jenna 6 ?

Remember the Jenna 6 ? Mister Holder and Company will not indite on Federal Hate Crime statutes? Why???

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/14/10 - 09:40 am
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Sounds like the judge was

Sounds like the judge was practicing for a job in the Holder U.S. DOJ. We need a change in our "juvenile" laws. The only "juveniles" today are maybe age 10 and below. Any of these punks above the age of 10 will kill you for no reason. These young teens are just a mature and just as aware of the laws, right and wrong, and the limitations of the justice system as any adult and most lawyers. There are no more juveniles. They are committing the same crimes as adults and should be tried according to their crimes, not their age. Judge Willie Saunders and those like him are part of the problem. Does this ignorant judge think that, based on his "punishment", these kids won't go right back out there and do this again? Did he not think that these perps intended to inflict major ADULT injury and pain with the brass knuckles? We, and now our kids, must start protecting ourselves. The cops can't do it and OUR COURTS WON'T DO IT. Unfortunately our own judicial system has become the best justification for self defense and vigilante justice. The VICTIM does not have any rights in our court system. Our judges and the court systems are only concerned with the DEFENDANT. These punks damaged this young man's body and inflicted injuries that will cause him problems the rest of his life and they got a slap on the wrist and a pat on the butt from one of our many liberal judges who view their job as being to keep people OUT of jail. There is NO JUSTICE in our judicial system for the VICTIMS of what we so wrongly call juvenile crime. No violent crime or theft is "juvenile". The pain, suffering, long term effects, and financial consequences of a crime are the same regardless of the age of the punk thugs that committed the crime. The punishments should be the same too.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 07/14/10 - 10:54 am
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These punk*** thugs are not a

These punk*** thugs are not a product of government schools, they are a product of single parent homes where the birthing process is a career, and the "parent" does not know nor do they care what the child is doing in school......the school day is just a baby-sitter so that the parent can have their hair and nails done and go to the grocery store to cash in the food stamps.

ohhsweetconcord
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ohhsweetconcord 07/14/10 - 10:59 am
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Scary story. The maximum that

Scary story. The maximum that the judge could have given these kids was 5 years. I'm sure some deserved it. Thankfully, 2 of the teenagers are up for some serious time.

They showed a complete disregard for human dignity, but there were 5 teenagers and I hope at least one is treatable. Putting these kids in the delinquency system rarely helps. It most likely makes things worse by exposing them to shadier groups.

"Anyone participating in such an act of barbarism to any degree whatsoever should be put away for years, if not decades."

I'm not sure I buy that statement. That Musik kid said he ran off after the first blow. He may have been lying, but for some reason the judge deemed him "curable". He broke up the "gang" and maybe at least one of the kids has a chance at a normal life.

Listeningheart
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Listeningheart 07/14/10 - 02:03 pm
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It is sad that we have lost

It is sad that we have lost an excellent juvenile judge in Bill Sams due to county politics. He was of the few that would send a message to the families. In fact, he was one of the few that actively went in the community to recruit support and assistance.

It appears that the problem is that it appears each judge has his/her own agenda which does always match the laws of Georgia. Thus, they are trying for votes for when it is their time to run for Superior judge. I believe they assume that the public's memory is poor and short. Maybe it is?

Thus, the only message that is expressed from the bench is to continue the level of mediocrity that is present and thus our community suffers.

I guess the mother of victim can go to civil court and seek damages. It is again a sad in Augusta, Georgia. Mediocrity wins and WE suffer.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/14/10 - 10:00 pm
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I would like the judge to

I would like the judge to sentence each one to walking alone in a rival gangs territory wearing their colors between 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. on friday and saturday nights for a year.

edreformfan
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edreformfan 07/16/10 - 04:17 pm
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Concealed weapons permit.

Concealed weapons permit.

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