Convicted for wankingFriday, July 27, 2007 at 19:22 | Posted in crime, odd, USA | 14 Comments
Terry Lee Alexander, 20, of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, is serving a ten year sentence for armed robbery in Broward County, Florida. He got his sentence topped up with another 60 days as a court of law found him guilty of the horrible crime of wanking in his cell, the Guardian writes.
The incident was reported by sherrif’s office deputy Coryus Veal who seems to have a crunch on wanking inmates. She has reported seven cases of wanking inmates earlier.
Ms Veal, who has charged seven other inmates with the same offence, said she was not against masturbation, but she objected to Alexander performing it so blatantly. She told the court that most inmates masturbated in bed, under the blankets.
The deputy said it was the third time she had caught Alexander masturbating, and she had had enough.
Maybe that was the problem. In the old days when wanking was considered as a dreadful sin kids were told to keep their hands on the blanket and under no circumstances let them glide under it. The jury did not buy defense lawyer Kathleen McHugh’s arguments that a cell is a private area and there is nothing wrong in wanking.
“Did other inmates start masturbating because of Mr Alexander?” Ms McHugh asked Ms Veal. “Did you call a Swat team?”
“I wish I had,” the deputy replied.
Commenting the case after the verdict, a member of the jury, David Sherman, said the case was “straight forward”:
Mr Sherman said jurors determined that a prison cell, which was owned and operated by the government, was neither public nor private but was a “limited access public place’.’
It is the official view of this blog that masturbating is a human right. Inmates in custody should be provided opportunities to exercise their their right to wank without surveillance of prison personnel who have a record of being trigger happy to bust wankers.