Sometimes you see everything you need to know from a simple picture.
Take, for example, the case of Orange County's 58-year-old Ralph John Gambina.
Law enforcement official claims that in June 2010 Gambina threatened to murder his wife and uttered in a voice mail message to her perhaps the best ill-advised intoxicated rant of all time in hopes of getting her to loan him money:
“Hey, bitch, you better fuckin' talk to me or I'm going to come down
there and show you some fucking hell. You understand me, you fucking
cunt? I know you got my fucking shit. You were the only one that was in
that fucking safe. Don't fucking lie to me. You're a fucking lying
fucking cunt. That's all you fucking ever were. I need 500 bucks
tomorrow to pay my fucking bail or I'm going back to jail. And if I go
back to jail, I'm going back on a fucking murder charge.”
Based on that wild incident and another involving a San Clemente hotel owner, Gambina won a two-year California prison sentence for making criminal threats.
a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered Gambina's
appeal and essentially left the punishment in place.
Lesson: Don't threaten to kill your wife in a voice mail message.