At least he’s not your spank-happy legislator

(promoted by PCG)

Apparently a GOP state Rep in Montana misses the good old midieval days when a criminal could be whipped for their crimes, and has introduced legislation so a criminal can recieve “corporal punishment in lieu of incarceration.”  While it doesn't dictate stockades where the villagers could throw rotten vegetables, it does raise some interesting questions because the severity of punishment is supposed to be in line with the crime committed. 

Montana State Rep. Jerry O’Neil (R) is sponsoring a bill to allow defendants to “bargain with the court” to receive “corporal punishment in lieu of incarceration.” The bill would apply to not just misdemeanor crimes, but also felonies — though the bill requires that the “exact nature of the corporal punishment to be imposed” be “commensurate with the severity, nature, and degree of the harm caused by the offender.”

So can a criminal convicted of a violent beating opt to be beaten themselves?  Can we have a lottery similar to jury duty to decide who gets to do it or should we return to an idea of antiquity where a family member can claim the right?  Perhaps it's a job creation bill and there is an official goverment abuser whose job is to beat criminals, or they can outsource to private companies with a bidding contract of some sort…

3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Democat says:

    What if there was some kinda masocist who committed crimes just for the punishment?

    Betcha didn't think of that!

    Lolz Montana GOP…

  2. Progressive Promoter says:

    Back in the olden days, when I was in high school, students were given the choice between suspension and paddle swats for non-expulsionary misbehavior. Virtually everyone I knew chose the corporal punishment to keep their parents in the dark about leaving campus by car, smoking or what-have-you. Not only did I think this was barbaric but the visual of the male principal and a.p. spanking young women was really, really creepy. 

    More do as I say, not as I do. Doesn't work for toddlers, teens or adults.

  3. Gray in Mountains says:

    I was spanked numerous times in school. Last time was my senior year when I got spanked in a school assembly for organizing a walkout of students wishing to watch the MLK funeral on TV

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