That’s the most appropriate thing that can be said about this whole sorry fiasco….
Yes – like many others, I felt that gut repugnance when I heard the news, wondering why his winnings shouldn’t be shared among those he made suffer. Why give such a prize to someone of such low moral stature? After all he’s anything but deserving, is he?
However what one deserves and what one is entitled to are two entirely different things….
Yes, the guy committed a horrific crime and is suitably behind bars for it; nevertheless, to withhold or intercept his prize would itself be an injustice. Certainly if we’re talking natural, ethical, justice, he’s certainly an undeserving recipient – but then again I’m sure there’s been many an undeserving recipient across the Lottery’s decade-long history. Though not in the same league, can you really look at a welfare mum with a dozen kids, living off the taxpayer as a worthy winner? When all’s said and done, the guy entered this competition properly, went through all the right channels to get his ticket, and has been rewarded for his correctness of conduct in this matter. The Lottery isn’t meant to be just, fair or moral – the very name should be hint enough for anyone. It’s a game of chance – a game intrinsically dependent on the random….
Camelot should’ve been more careful about the kind of peeps they offered their jackpot to….
C’est la vie, unfortunately!
Saying all that, isn’t this a textbook example of how fucking sloppy our justice and legal systems are? I mean, why the hell is a sex offender – and a repeat offender at that – being allowed these rights in the first place? Isn’t the idea of incarceration to deprive these reprobates of their rights as due punishment for their disregard of the rights of others? Prison should be just that for this type of criminal – prison. Not a glorified creche or daycare center but a punishment, correction and incarceration. Sure let the cunts out into the prison yard for fresh air; and by all means have different degrees of security/prison for differing degrees of criminal; but for fuck’s sake don’t give cocksuckers doing time for rape and murder day releases! I mean this is a guy told by the judge at his sentencing: “Every moment you are at liberty, some woman is at risk.”
Are a string of repeat offences, previous arrests and incarcerations, and a judge’s statement not enough of a red light?
And they go put him in minimum security prisons?
And give the bastard day releases so he can buy lottery tickets!?
Whatever made me think that the justice system was made up of learned and intelligent professionals, with some respect for proportional justice?
My final thought?
It’s at times like this, I’m especially glad I don’t play the Lottery…..