I suggested in a post last week that the variance between Michael Vick’s doing time for killing dogs and Donte’ Stallworth’s getting a slap on the wrist for DUI manslaughter was a chilling reflection on our society. You can hurt or kill people and we’ll get over it; just don’t mess with dogs.
Well, it’s not getting any saner out there. Plaxico Burress, another NFL star, just got sentenced to two years in prison —not for a fatal DUI, and not for killing dogs. Burress shot someone in the leg with an unregistered fire arm. Himself.
I’m not defending Burress any more than I was defending Vick. Both broke the law in cruel (Vick), dangerous (Burress), and stupid (both) ways. Both deserved some kind of punishment. But the fact that both did more time than Stallworth is crazy. Human life just isn’t worth much in 21st century America—not the life of a 61 year old man DUI victim, and not the life of an unborn baby.