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Wednesday, November 23, 2005


We never thought we'd see it but Congressman John Sweeney seems to have gone soft on juvenile crime.

Sweeney's son, John J. Sweeney recently pled guilty to an August 2004 assault. Sweeney will be sentenced on December 16 and faces 45 days in jail or four months of weekends in the county jail (being forced to listen to his father's speeches was rejected as cruel and inhuman punishment). A pretty stiff sentence. It's not like the kid jay-walked, for crying out loud.

Despite pleading guilty, the Congressman maintains his son's innocence. Which is kind of funny since the kid admitted his guilt. So we guess his father is calling him a perjurer for admitting to something he didn't do.

As young men and women nineteen years and younger continue to die in Iraq, Sweeney had this to say:

"I thought it was important and I think that my son, who ultimately made this decision, was important, that we not lose him at the tender age of 19 to a system that would have put him in jail for years."

We understand John's position as a parent, we really do. But Congressman, please! Are you saying that you'd support a measure that would limit jail time to 45 days (or 4 months of weekends) for first-time, violent offenders, 19 years or younger? Just seeing if we hear you right.

As the Family Values Party is fond of saying, values begin in the home.

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