Justice Says Money Talks, Killers Walk —Cagle
Anyway, my whole point of this is not to stir the conspiracy pot. Vickie Monfore may well have been the lone assassin to take down her former company, and perhaps the former CFO was just an idiot she manipulated. There is always more to the story, info that will never come to light.
What does disturb me is the sentence that Vickie Monfore received, because it only rubs more salt into a wound that we, as a society, have chosen to ignore. We simply value money and possessions over people and lives, and it's reflected in the administration of justice to criminals.
Twenty-four years in prison is just ridiculously long for the crime of stealing this money. She's 48 years old now. Should Vickie have to spend what could be the rest of her life rotting in jail? It says here...no.
By contrast, we have the case of football player Donte Stallworth, who struck and killed a 59-year-old man in Miami while driving under the influence. His blood-alcohol level was .126, well above the Florida legal limit of .08. Stallworth got a prison sentence of 24 as well...24 days. He was sentenced to 30 days, and let out early. And after a one-year suspension, the NFL reinstated Stallworth into football society. He promptly signed a one-year contract valued at $1.2 million, including incentives.
Fitting the Crime?
While we're picking on athletes, there's the case of former NBA star Jayson Williams. This guy "accidentally" shoots and kills his limo driver, tries to cover it up and gets sent away for five years. But, if you read the fine print, you'll see that Williams is eligible for parole in 18 months. That's just long enough to put together his memoirs for a book deal and possible reality series once he is released.