Posts tagged ‘Prison’

June 4, 2011

American consumers in trouble as US judges begin to imprison debt defaulters

[Tom Goldwater, Finance & Economy Contributor]

The Wall Street Journal:  In more than a third of American states now if you don’t pay your debts,  courts can imprison you.  In the UK, only local authorities have that privilege thus far as Britons can be imprisoned for failing to pay their council taxes.However, with British debt defaults increasing on a daily basis in the current severe economic times, it is likely that soon the country will follow American states providing for debtors to be jailed for non-payment of their debts.

Since 2010, The Wall Street Journal reports, over 5,000 warrants have been issued by US judges over nine counties against debtors. Furthermore, according to the Star-Tribune: “In Illinois and southwest Indiana, some judges jail debtors for missing court-ordered debt payments. In extreme cases people stay in jail until they raise a minimum payment….In January, a judge sentenced a Kenney, Illinois, man to ‘indefinite incarceration’ until he came up with $300 towards a lumber yard debt.”

The Star-Tribune reported that the man was a rooftop worker who had snapped his neck and back on the job and was off work due to his severe injuries and as a result could not pay debt was jailed for non-payment of the debt. His wife had to borrow the $300 from her credit card to get him out of jail.

Although in the USA, debtor prisons were outlawed in the 19th century, judges do not appear to be deterred from jailing debtors who fail to pay their debts and regulatory authorities are not intervening.

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May 13, 2011

Woman ordered by court to inject acid into jailed attacker’s eyes as punishment for his attack

MailOnline & DawnCom – photo sources

[Law & Courts Contributor, Ahmed Kahstan]

MailOnline reports that Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded and disfigured for life by a jilted suitor, was granted permission by a court to pour acid into the eyes of her attacker by way of punishment for him and compensation for her.

The 32 year old woman had dated Majid Movahedi, a fellow student at Tehran University and when she had refused his invitation to marry him, after stalking her for some time, in 2004, the 27 year old attacked her and doused her with sulphuric acidThe attack left the beautiful woman blind and scarred for life and she had to suffer 19 operations to combat her severe injuries.

Although the Iranian court awarded her £19,000 as compensation and her attacker was jailed, she refused the money and asked the court for her attacker to receive the same pain and disfigurement she has been forced to suffer.

[Update 17 5 2011 – Ameneh is asking for EUR 1.7 million for her victim to save his eyes. She says the money will help her to rebuild her life. If he doesn’t pay up, he will be blinded next week].

My advice, get the money!

Ameneh is said to be estatic with the result: ‘I’m very happy. After six years I’m getting justice. But we are both losers because we have both suffered greatly.’

Majid has so far made no comment.

April 17, 2011

Woman charged with murder in the USA for harming her foetus

Guardian.co.uk: A woman, Bei Bei Shuai, is now in jail in Indianapolis, USA, charged with the murder of her four-day-old baby daughter who died when she tried to kill herself with rat poison whilst pregnant. The 34 year old woman, had been about to marry her boyfriend when she found out that he was already married and as a result would not be leaving her.  She had gone to a hardware store when getting the news, bought the rat poison, took some but did not die right away, but later on was hospitalised and was treated. She survived, but when she gave birth to her daughter, it  died after 4 days as a result of alleged illness brought about by the poison.

She had broken down then and had to have psychiatric treatment after which she rejoined her friends and started getting her life back together. But in March this year, she was arrested by police and charged with attempted foeticide and now faces going to jail for life.

Guardian.co.uk reports that Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, a civil liberties lawyer said: “This case has huge implications for pregnant women, not only in Indiana but across the country ….. if we allowed the state to put a woman in jail for anything that could pose a risk to her pregnancy, there would be nothing to stop the police putting in jail a woman who has a drink of wine or who smokes. So where do you draw the line?

[Crime & Women’s Rights Contributor]