By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
At the June 26 sentencing hearing inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, Carney "greatly applauded" Burns' constitutional arguments against the mandatory minimum as "very interesting" and said he hopes the Ninth Circuit will eventually address the topic. But the judge rejected the claim, saying Congress "rightfully" placed "heavy penalties" on the sexual exploitation of children. He then asked the defendant if he had any comments.
"What I did was wrong," said a weeping Wells, who was chained and guarded by two U.S. marshals. "I am ashamed. I have a 3-year-old daughter, and God forbid, if my daughter had to walk in those shoes [of a teenage prostitute] . . . I've changed."
The judge said he was moved by the statement and noted character reference letters had been "glowing," but concluded he could not ignore the "sale of girls' bodies and the destruction of their dignity. . . . No rational person would commit this crime."
Wells' uncle, who attended the hearing, told Carney he'd been a violent robber on cocaine early in his life and had turned his life around after "my father told me I was no good" on his deathbed. Calling for leniency, the relative promised, "[Wells] can change just like I did."
Burns pleaded for Carney to issue a seven-year punishment as an appropriate deviation from the sentencing-range requirement of a 135-to-168-month prison trip. Both the judge and the prosecutor were willing to waive the guidelines, especially because the pimp acknowledged his guilty early. The next time Wells can see freedom will be 120 months from now.
"It's really a sad day," observed Carney.
Why, oh why, is any of this up for debate? Why are countless dollars of tax payer monies spent trying to find loopholes for human garbage? Why are those funds, assuming it adds up to a hefty sum, not diverted freely by the courts, the public, and the purse string holders to education, summer programs, and other more societally beneficial endeavors? Does it really matter which age he thought his flesh-girls were? Does one believe that in keeping track of his "girls" that he didn't know one of them was probably a middle schooler? Our legal system is a joke. At this point society is a joke. Beyond religion, beyond conservatism and liberalism, this is about law and human morality as a society. People, get it together.
His defense should be as follows:
he is a Democrat
Democrats say young people have every right to decide what is best for them
TO WIT: getting abortions or the recently signed by Obama the morning after pill NO AGE MINIMUM
And dont forget
NO PARENTAL NOTIFICATION / SUPPORT NEEDED
So his defense is:
All i was doing is what I have been told is good and normal
the female "wanted" to be a hooker
its her body
YES EVEN AS A MINOR
THE DEMS SAY , AS I JUST PROVED, THAT ITS HER CALL
the fact that she NOW turned against him means nothing
her "deal" from the DA saves her own butt
I say THROW HIM IN JAIL FOR 20 YEARS
BUT YOU LEFTISTS ALWAYS TELL ME ( as you will again) that I am backwards, not progressive a hater etc etc
THIS , IS AGAIN, ON YOU LEFTY
@sweetliberty17761776 I am a centrist. That being said I would be happy simply calling you a moron.
@brownsuga94587The man is a self-confessed pimp. If he can admit that about himself why can't you? What is going on in your life that you feel the need to make excuses for a criminal and unreasonably attack the reporter of the story?
To me it sounds like you are either personally involved in this case or delusional.
@brownsuga94587 After his capture by law enforcement officers, Wells admitted in writing and in court that he is a pimp who repeatedly sold the mother of his infant baby girl as well as two minor girls to anonymous men for sex in several states, but you found my reporting on his federal crimes "disgusting" and "totally vulgar"? Suga, you are either high on crack, morally warped or both. Please seek counseling.
@brownsuga94587@rscottmoxleyTo suggest again that the federal prosecutor didn't have a solid case against Wells for pimping two minor girls is so absurd that reading your comment spurred a busy-day chuckle. (Thanks!) You are obviously in a self-induced fantasy hoping your hamfisted attempts to make him innocent will somehow, someway come true. Alas, Suga, this veteran pimp admitted he was guilty because he'd been captured and the evidence against him, as he admitted in writing and in two different statements to the federal judge, was overwhelming. I heard him cry at the sentencing hearing when he claimed he was remorseful for repeatedly selling 13YO and 17YO girls for sex. He never told the judge that he's innocent and pleaded guilty only to avoid a life sentence. Be my guest to lie to yourself, but please don't expect the rest of us to partake in your pathetic delusion.