15 Months for Straights 17 YEARS! for Gays
Matthew R. Limon had just turned 18 when he had consensual oral sex with a boy just shy of 15 at a Kansas school in 2000. He was convicted of criminal sodomy and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Had the sex been heterosexual, the maximum penalty would have been 15 months.17 years!? For a blowjob!? You've got to fucking kidding me. This didn't just violate the 14th amendment (equal protection) it also violated 8th (cruel and unusual punishment). I might also point out that the Kansas Supreme Court overturned this sorry bit of judicial nonsense unanimously.
Yesterday, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the starkly different penalties violated the federal Constitution's equal protection clause.
Would that we could now throw the appeal's court judges who upheld Matthew Limon's sentence--that would be judges Henry Green Jr. and Tom Malone--in jail for the 4 years and 5 months that Mr. Limon already served. It's the least we could do.
I'm just waiting for this to come up on the Right-wing Howler. I don't see how Vilmar is going to be able to leave this one alone.