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January 11, 2004
Stiff Sentences for Hardened Criminals?

Okay, if I am a firm believer in tough sentencing laws for sex offenders (see my previous post), then these guys need to be given some stiff penalities for smuggling:

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted a Los Angeles man on charges of trafficking in counterfeit tablets of the anti-impotence drug Viagra that he purportedly obtained from a drug company in China, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman said. ... Agents seized about 10,000 blue pills stamped with the same markings as Viagra tablets, including the name of Pfizer Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company and the maker of Viagra. ... The charges of conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods and selling a counterfeit drug carry a potential maximum penalty of up to 18 years in federal prison and a $2 million fine.

Please feel free to come up with your own puns and drop them in my comments section. However, also notice that the maximum penalty for smuggling counterfeit Viagra is only five years shorter than the sentence Alfonso Rodriguez received for kidnapping and raping a woman in 1980. I have no problem with the 18-year-sentence of hard time (heh) for the smugglers, but if that's fair, why only sentence a two-time sex offender to 23 years when he's obviously not getting the message?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 11, 2004 11:03 AM

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