Mayor Oscar, Take it Back
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has been one of my heroes for a long time. Before becoming Mayor, he was an outstanding criminal defense attorney. I've lauded him on TalkLeft several times. I've even endorsed him for Governor of Nevada.
But today, Oscar disappoints. He appeared on television and advocated that graffiti artists have their thumbs amputated on public television as punishment. Then he advocated caning as punishment for children who misbehave.
``I'm dead serious,'' said Goodman, adding, ``Some of these (children) don't learn. You have got to teach them a lesson, and this is coming from a criminal defense lawyer.''
``They would get a trial first,'' he added.
No, this is coming from a former criminal defense lawyer. Oscar, we thought we knew you. Please, take it back.
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