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Judge’s sympathy for trans woman

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  1. I don’t know about this one, it has always worried me that being trans is given as a reason for leniency, I’m sure the victims of her crimes would disagree, but then other people get off for all kinds of less deserving reasons, as I say mixed reaction. I thought it astonishing that after 26 years she’s still “read” but then saw a photo on another site. Bad hair, help yourself, Thea, go for a good wig, you’ll pass and avoid the abuse you’re getting.

  2. Jean-Paul Bentham 4 Nov 2009, 7:59am

    Best of luck, Thea. It can’t be easy, and I agree with the judge.

  3. Brian Burton 4 Nov 2009, 9:22am

    The Daily Wail said we have a cardboard justice system, but what do the Press know? Once a crook as they say? I remember ‘Collage Harry.’ Thats how he gained his nick-name ‘Collage’ he was always getting caught robbing collage lockers. Like I said, once a crook…!

  4. Pumpkin Pie 4 Nov 2009, 9:53am

    I’d usually disagree with being lenient to people who breach their suspended sentences (kinda makes a mockery of the whole concept), but I agree with the judge on this one.

    I read up on the case on an Exeter news website. She’s homeless and was caught stealing food and clothes – these were not crimes of malice or greed, but of desperation. Plus, despite still being an alcoholic, she’s been drug free fro 11 years. That definitely sounds like someone who’s making a serious effort to turn their life around, and jail wouldn’t help with that one bit. This whole “scaring you straight” thing only works on people who weren’t sorry for their crimes, and even then only very rarely.

    What about the people she was stealing from? She was stealing food and clothes. If that had been me, and she was this desperately in need of them, I might even have just told her to keep them.

  5. The Halcyon 4 Nov 2009, 12:15pm

    There is a start truth in the philosophical question “How can there be justice when laws are absolute”. Judges are not there to hand out sentences to criminals, they are there to deliberate on the merits of each case. But I’m a natural devils advocate.

  6. Reading the full details of her life I wonder how she has managed to survive. This has very little about her being trans and more about drug and alcohol addiction and the spiral down into homelessness and crime that causes many.

    I agree with you Pumpkin Pie

  7. Andromeda 4 Nov 2009, 4:41pm

    Her crimes as a petty thief and burglar has eclipsed her appalling abuse she has been subject to, being beaten up on public transport and sexually assaulted. I hope the police have been treating those crimes seriously. These assaults against a trans person should concern us all, as it could happen to any of us at any time.

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