The Campaign For DA

9.28.2006

Cat Speaks From Grave

Jeff Crilley was beating me down again with his 100th story (ok, I exaggerate) about some guy that tortured a cat. Yeah, it's bad. Yeah, we love animals. Yeah, the jury gave the guy eight (!!) years to do. But I was kind of taken aback when I saw that a Victim Impact Statement was read to the defendant by Marty McManus a "Former Animal Cruelty Investigator." That statement is read after the jury has been dismissed and after the sentence has been imposed. It has no impact on the judgment or sentence. It just seemed a little bizarre. After all, she's a victim? People can be so dramatic about animals.