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This just seems wrong to me...

Parole linked to kidney donation

September 2010 protest for Scott sisters in Mississippi Activists had argued the sentence was too harsh

Two US women convicted of armed robbery can be released but only if one donates a kidney to the other, the governor of Mississippi has said.

Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted in 1994 of taking part in a robbery that netted a mere $11.

Their lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, hailed Gov Haley Barbour's decision as a victory.

The sisters were eligible for parole in 2014 and rights activists had criticised their sentence as harsh.

Jamie, 38, who requires daily dialysis, and Gladys, 36, are serving life sentences.

Mr Lumumba told Associated Press news agency: "I think it's a victory. I talked to Gladys and she's elated about the news. I'm sure Jamie is, too."

He said Gladys had volunteered the donation.

Mr Barbour, a Republican, will agree the indefinite suspension of their sentences, which can be reversed if terms are broken.

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Re: This just seems wrong to me...

  • OK, so I get that it was their idea and all.  But it seems wrong for a governor to be able to demand that, and if the sister with good kidneys decides "actually, I want my kidney/don't want surgery," that they would both be sent back to jail.  Either what they did was horrible and you don't want them out, or the sentence was too severe and you should just own it and not put creepy semi-forced-body-part-donation conditions on it.

    What if the one who needs dialysis dies before the transplant?  Does the other one still have to give up her kidney to some random donee to be free?

    What do you guys think?

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  • That is so weird!  What the hell did they do to get a life sentence for a robbery of $11? That's what I want to know.

    And again, really strange decision on the kidney thing. 

  • image Snippylynn:

    That is so weird!  What the hell did they do to get a life sentence for a robbery of $11? That's what I want to know.

    And again, really strange decision on the kidney thing. 

    I haven't read the link, but was if it was their third offense, they lose, even for $11.

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  • FYI:

    The sisters were convicted in 1994 of leading two men into an ambush in central Mississippi the year before. Three teenagers hit each man in the head with a shotgun and took their wallets - making off with only $11, court records said.

    Jamie and Gladys Scott were each convicted of two counts of armed robbery and sentenced to two life sentences.

    ...Civil rights advocates have for years called for their release, saying the sentences were excessive.

    I think it seems a little odd, but maybe her offer to donate was just held up as part of the evidence for her parole.  The requirement that she follow through seems a little weird though.

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  • image Jetur20:

    OK, so I get that it was their idea and all.  But it seems wrong for a governor to be able to demand that, and if the sister with good kidneys decides "actually, I want my kidney/don't want surgery," that they would both be sent back to jail.  Either what they did was horrible and you don't want them out, or the sentence was too severe and you should just own it and not put creepy semi-forced-body-part-donation conditions on it.

    What if the one who needs dialysis dies before the transplant?  Does the other one still have to give up her kidney to some random donee to be free?

    What do you guys think?

    This seems bizarre, but I LOVE the way you worded it! 

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  • The amount of money they stole is irrelevant and not really part of the story (or shouldn't be).  Say someone hold's up a pregnant woman and steals her purse, but only gets $5.  The the lady goes into premature labor, the baby dies, and the woman also dies as a result of blood loss.  Should we say that "well...they only stole $5, so that seems a little harsh?"

    Now...it really does seem harsh in this case, when looking at the other facts, but the amount of money stolen doesn't sway me in the least.

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  • And the kidney thing is just way too "big-brother" for me...but hey, if it's their idea and they want to...  Now, if they were enforcing that against their will...so not cool.
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  • image oneslybookworm:

    when looking at the other facts, but the amount of money stolen doesn't sway me in the least.

    Agree.

    You might be able to make a case for releasing the one who donates a kidney (I wouldn't, but whatever)? but why is receiving a kidney donation reason to parole?

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