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« Reply #1700 on: August 14, 2007, 06:59:00 AM »
It's impossible . . . except for how it's not?  Nice one, math people. :D

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« Reply #1701 on: August 14, 2007, 07:37:03 AM »
SMDH:

Wife who killed preacher could go free today

    * Story Highlights
    * NEW: Mary Winkler, 33, is to be released -- perhaps today, her lawyer says
    * She shot her preacher husband in the back with a shotgun in March 2006
    * She was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, served less than a year
    * She now faces a legal battle with her in-laws over children, husband's death

From Rusty Dornin
CNN

CNN -- After undergoing two months of treatment in a mental health facility, the Tennessee woman who shot her preacher husband to death, will be released from custody as early as today.

Mary Winkler, a 33-year-old mother of three girls, is expected to be released today or Wednesday, lawyer Steve Farese told CNN.

Farese said his client will not talk to the news media because she continues to wage a legal battle to win custody of her girls and faces a $2 million civil suit filed by the parents of of her slain husband, Matthew Winkler.

Mary Winkler likely will return to work at the dry cleaners in McMinnville, Tennessee, where she worked before the trial, Farese said.

Winkler never denied shooting her husband, Matthew, the popular new preacher at the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, a town of 4,500 people about 80 miles east of Memphis.

On March 22, 2006, church elders found his body -- with a shotgun wound to the back -- in the bedroom of the parsonage after he failed to show up for an evening service. His wife was arrested the next day with the couple's three young daughters in Orange Beach, Alabama, on the Gulf coast.

Mary Winkler was charged with murder, which could have sent her to prison for up to 60 years, but a jury found her guilty of voluntary manslaughter following an emotional trial in which she testified about suffering years of verbal and physical abuse.

In a statement to police after her arrest, Winkler said she didn't recall pulling the trigger .She said she apologized and wiped the blood that bubbled from her dying husband's lips as he asked, "Why?"

Prosecutors and Matthew Winkler's family members said he was a good husband and father.

But on the stand, Mary Winkler described a hellish 10-year marriage during which, she said, her husband struck her, screamed at her, criticized her and blamed her when things went wrong. She said he made her watch pornography and wear "slutty" costumes for sex, and that he forced her to submit to sex acts that made her uncomfortable.

She testified she pointed the shotgun at her husband during an argument to force him to talk through their problems, and "something went off."

A defense psychologist testified that she was depressed and showed classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mary Winkler initially received a three-year sentence in June. But Circuit Court Judge J. Weber McCraw required that she serve only 210 days, and allowed her to serve the rest of the time on probation.

She also received credit for five months she spent behind bars awaiting trial, which left only about 60 days to her sentence. McCraw ruled she could serve the time in a mental health facility.

Since Mary Winkler's arrest, the couple's three children have been cared for by Matthew Winkler's parents, who have filed court papers seeking to terminate her parental rights.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/08/14/preacher.slain/index.html

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« Reply #1702 on: August 14, 2007, 10:15:54 AM »
Holla at the Hispanic Truman Scholars doing big things:

You and your kind can just go back where you came from!  >:(

 :P

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« Reply #1703 on: August 14, 2007, 11:34:53 AM »
Holla at the Hispanic Truman Scholars doing big things:

You and your kind can just go back where you came from!  >:(

 :P


lmao, forgot, my bad.  i mean hey, there are only like 3.49 of us anyway.   :D

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« Reply #1704 on: August 14, 2007, 11:37:23 AM »
I found this commentary interesting....

Commentary: Risk, rewards in military duty for illegal aliens
By Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) -- What if we offered illegal immigrants a path to citizenship that included a stint in the U.S. military?

 The idea has been trumpeted by thoughtful people such as Max Boot, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who thinks this is the time for a "freedom legion." He's talking about a unit of the military made up entirely of the foreign-born -- including illegal immigrants -- where the compensation would include U.S. citizenship.

About 70,000 foreign-born men and women serve in the U.S. armed forces, or about 5 percent of the total active-duty force, according to the Pentagon. Of those, nearly 30,000 -- or about 43 percent -- are not U.S. citizens.

Roping illegal immigrants into military service could accomplish two goals at once: helping alleviate the military's recruitment worries while giving the undocumented a chance to prove that their commitment to this country extends beyond a paycheck.

We're already talking about requiring illegal immigrants to learn English, pay fines, and return to their home countries to earn legal status. Why not, some say, raise the stakes and require men and women between 18 and 42 to serve a couple of years in the military to earn something even more precious: U.S. citizenship for themselves and their children?

The idea appealed to a reader in upstate New York who called me to gauge my reaction. I told him that I hadn't made up my mind, but that the concept did fit with my view that any conferring of legal status be laden with onerous conditions so that it really is earned. To earn it, illegal immigrants should have to do everything but walk across broken glass.

Still, I told him, I'm not sure how those who oppose comprehensive reform but support turning illegal immigrants into cannon fodder go about squaring that circle. Restrictionists and racists have argued that illegal immigrants are invading this country, and that they're a dangerous menace to society that is prone to all sorts of violent and criminal behavior.

Of course, many native-born U.S. citizens are just as menacing. But for those who believe that illegal immigrants are inherently violent, do they really want to give these folks military training and a M-16, to help them graduate from menacing to lethal? After all, assuming they survive their stint in the military, they eventually have to return stateside. Then they're our problem.

Consider the ghastly events in Newark, New Jersey, where three African-American students were killed execution-style and a fourth was shot in the head but survived. The accused ringleader is Jose Carranza, an illegal immigrant from Peru, who was previously charged with raping a 5-year-old girl and threatening her parents.

Twice indicted by grand juries, Carranza slipped through the cracks and was released on bail. Authorities say that the 28-year-old construction worker led at least four other individuals in attacking the youths with a gun and a machete. If convicted, Carranza could get the death penalty.

Glad to hear it. If half the things they say about this creep are true, Carranza belongs on death row. But guess what? He sure doesn't belong on an Army recruitment poster, or handling heavy artillery.


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« Reply #1705 on: August 14, 2007, 11:40:33 AM »
I thought we already regularly granted US citizenship to aliens serving in the US military.

It's the least we can do.

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« Reply #1706 on: August 14, 2007, 11:43:21 AM »
At first blush, I like the idea.  Would need a good screening process, though.

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« Reply #1707 on: August 14, 2007, 11:44:35 AM »
I thought we already regularly granted US citizenship to aliens serving in the US military.

It's the least we can do.

agreed. The very least.

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« Reply #1708 on: August 14, 2007, 11:47:33 AM »
But for those who believe that illegal immigrants are inherently violent, do they really want to give these folks military training and a M-16, to help them graduate from menacing to lethal?

It gives me pause that he would even waste space bringing up "those who believe that illegal immigrants are inherently violent." WTF!?

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« Reply #1709 on: August 14, 2007, 12:11:24 PM »
Commentary: Risk, rewards in military duty for illegal aliens

Why not just outsource & privatize fighting capability? 

India can only handle so much.