This is just lovely:
Linda Lee Smith, 52, has spent 24 years in prison in the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Amy. Although the parole board has declared her suitable for release six times since 1989, the state's governors have decided otherwise.
Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in San Luis Obispo County in 1980 and sentenced to 15 years to life after she did not stop her boyfriend from fatally beating Amy. Whether Smith participated in Amy's abuse was hotly disputed at her trial. The prosecution argued that by not aggressively intervening, she condoned the violence.
That Smith may have been a victim of domestic violence was no defense, Schwarzenegger said. He said in his May 18 letter denying parole that Smith still poses "an unreasonable threat to public safety."
Yeah, she may be averse to getting the living shit kicked out of her by a new boyfriend, so that makes her a menace to society. Thanks, Arnold, for clearing that up.
But she's not the only one.
Oberman and other legal scholars say there is no doubt prosecutions and convictions of mothers in children's deaths are on the rise. Anecdotal evidence from court dockets supports that:
• In Lake County, Ind., the county prosecutor isn't excusing Felicia Gordon for not intervening in the fatal beating of her son George, 7, in March. Gordon, 27, of Gary, was charged with murder after her boyfriend repeatedly hit, punched and kicked the boy to death. She admitted to police that she could hear beating and screaming for 10 minutes. Her attorney, Lemuel Stigler, says she stayed in another room during most of the incident because she was trying to protect her other son, a 1-year-old. She says her boyfriend pointed a gun at her after the beating and threatened to hurt her if she called police. If convicted at her trial this summer, she could face more than 65 years in prison.
It seems that this "Sophie" made the wrong choice -- she was supposed to go get herself and both of her sons killed. Anything short of that is simply child neglect!