Notorial Dissent wrote:Paul, I don't much care if TT spends the rest of his days in prison, but the best result I can see is him getting hammered as far as sentencing, and then getting the majority of it suspended and having that full sentence hanging over his head if he chooses to do something else stupid. As I see it, if they don't make an example of him Dowdell and his cronies, or other like minded loonies, will try something similar later, and the cost will mount from there. It may not have an effect, but it may also dissuade a few of them to other pursuits. The thing is that the paper terrorism they favor can and does mount up in expense for innocent individuals when they aren't quickly and severely dealt with.
I agree completely, ND. Trussell needs to get real prison time for his crimes, and I think he will. But I also believe (not because of his age, I don't really give a shit about his age, and that "age-sympathy/senior citizen/Garcia's likening this to a "capital crime/death sentence" cuts no ice with me). But I genuinely believe that 2 to 3 years in prison will serve to both take Trussell out of the picture with a serious punishment (I wouldn't want to spend 2 or 3 weeks in a Florida state prison, much less 2 to 3 years), move him beyond the useful martyr stage for Dowdell and cronies, while still removing him from the prison system after he is unable to fuck around anymore with his silly nonsense, but still able to be responsible, financially, for his own health care. I don't much care if his confinement is to one of the 'geriatric' state prisons (still no picnic), and his prison job is wiping cacky butts and toting bedpans for those prisoners more infirm than he. I don't much care if, after his release, he goes back to Dixie County (assuming he still has a home there) or if he goes prancing off to Buffalo. At that point (although it's pretty much the case now) Trussell will be completely impotent as a face for the sovcitties.
But here's one thing Terry Trussell has done for Florida. In one week, these charges (and the answering for them) under F.S. 843.0855 will no longer be "a case of first impression." I feel certain that, in the future, and with greater confidence and history, the Dowdells of the world (or, at least their puppets) will decide that Florida just might not be the place to play their game. Yeah, it'll take a few more prosecutions (but it would have taken that anyway), but I genuinely believe that the State is serious about putting an end to this nonsense.