Adelphia Rigas' Report to Federal Prison

Luck has run out for former Adelphia execs John Rigas and his son Timothy. Three years after being found guilty of fraud, they reported today to federal prison in Butner, N.C. to begin serving their 15 and 20 year respective sentences.

While they didn't get their choice of prison locale, they were allowed to serve their sentences at the same institution.

John Rigas is 83 years old and suffers from bladder cancer. It's a death sentence for him, just like it is for Bernie Ebbers who got 25 years.

America. Prison Nation. It's just sick.

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    Prison Nation? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 09:45:12 AM EST
    Don't look for sympathy from me. Maybe you prefer they take the route of the Chinese toy maker. Or should we just let them go? Crime is crime, and no society exists without some sort of justice system. These men will pay for their crimes. It's not prison that is the death sentence for the elder Rigas. It's his cancer. He's a thief, BIG TIME. But I'll grant you one thing. He should be in a PRISON hospital with the best care available for treatment of his cancer. That way he will serve out the greatest amountof his term.

    DUALISM (none / 0) (#2)
    by Sumner on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 10:24:50 AM EST
    - the philosophy of two fundamental and exclusive principles, as black and white; good and evil.

    The believer solely in absolutes, with no room for the recognition of variables or "grey areas".


    Jeralyn (none / 0) (#3)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 11:26:30 AM EST
    Why is it that on this thread, in response to  convicted criminals getting jail time, America is a "prison nation" and is "sick," yet on yesterday's Robert Pennington thread you seem to exhibit the opposite reaction to that convicted criminal's early release from jail?

    White collar crime (none / 0) (#4)
    by Al on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 11:45:29 AM EST
    While I agree that the system is prison-happy, this is a poor example. It gives the impression that white-collar crime is somehow less serious than other forms of crime. To me, it's a technically more sophisticated form of robbery.

    If we could punish them... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Dadler on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 11:59:35 AM EST
    ...by making them paupers for the rest of their lives, make them live the lives of genuinely poor people, then we might be talking about something enlightening.  

    Prison Nation (none / 0) (#6)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 12:11:48 PM EST
    is your term, not mine. I believe in justice for all. But that would mean many free (aka treated) heroin addicts and many incarcerated politicians and corporate thieves. I did not comment on the Pennington article.

    In that respect, I agree completely with Al. This is a poor example. You want to talk drug use and prostitution? Fine. Those are mostly victimless crimes. Rigas should feel fortunate for the justice he got. In another reality his arms would be cut off.

    Sorry JM (none / 0) (#7)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 12:15:14 PM EST
    I haven't been here much lately and attributed SUO's comment to you by accident.