Thursday, May 22, 2008

Is this justice?

Two Pittsburgh women whose blatant disregard for common sense and their responsibilities as parents will spend one to two years behind bars on involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the deaths of five of their children, who perished last June in a fire that broke out while the mothers went drinking. Let's see, five children dead, and these women could be out of jail in time for a cookout on Memorial Day 2009. As best as I can tell from limited research materials, Furaha Love and Shakita Mangham, who left two 8-year-olds in charge of the five younger children while they went out for a drink, could have received a maximum of 10 years on each involuntary manslaughter charge. Why didn't they get it? The women initially lied to police, telling them an older babysitter had been left with the five young children, who ranged in age from 3 to 7. And it apparently caused them no concern that one of the younger children had been known to play with matches. Police say a kid playing with matches most likely sparked the deadly fire. The 8-year-olds escaped the blaze. During the legal process, the women's lawyers made statements that would be laughable were they not so infuriating. Mangham's attorney, Jim Ecker, shown with his client in the top photo, said, "Everybody sometimes screws up in life." Are you kidding me? Screwing up in life is causing a fender-bender at the Giant Eagle or forgetting to send out the monthly mortgage payment. These women, who at 26 are old enough to know better, are responsible for the deaths of five children while they were at a bar. Attorney Ernest Sharif, who represented Love, shown in the other photo, said, "It wasn't a party thing." He noted that Love had only one beer and was away from the house for just 15 or 20 minutes. Of course, in that 15 or 20 minutes, the house caught fire and five kids died horrible deaths. But if it wasn't a "party thing," doesn't that make all the difference? Since the gas chamber isn't an option, I would have sentenced these women to the maximum on each count, and made the sentences run consecutively. And they should have been ordered to have their "tubes tied" so they couldn't reproduce again.



Blogger Ellipses said...

I don't know why they never show the back of that chick's t-shirt... the front says "Mommy loves you"... on the back it says "Just not enough to keep you from dying in a fire."


May 22, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Brant said...


May 22, 2008 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Jones said...

That shirt sickens me. It's one thing to say you love your children. It's another thing to actually love and protect them. Geez...

May 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Tracy J. said...

I wish I had been on the jury for this one, they would have gotten the harshest penalty allowed. It's too bad there isn't a death penalty death by fire would be my choice for them.
It always makes me sick when people like this have children and they don't take care of them, then you have people like me and many others who wanted children but can't have them. Where is the justice? These women desrve far worse than they got.

May 22, 2008 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

This is a prime example of why there should be a mandatory death penalty for certain crimes. This is where an eye for an eye comes in. I'm a big believer in punishing a criminal who commits a violent crime in the same manner as their victims endured. Thus a rapist should be quarantined with the biggest, meanest, nothing-to-lose-serving-five-life-sentences cons in the jail. In that vein, these disgusting pigs ought to be burned alive. I bet those beers will taste really good as they wash down the flames and stench of burning flesh.

And the attorneys for these two are classic examples of why people distrust and often hate attorneys.

May 22, 2008 at 7:22 PM  
OpenID bessmeredith said...

Martha Stewart needs to add a new feature on her show: DIY-baby-mama RIP shirts.

Aren't there so many other, more appropriate ways to mourn than with fashion? At least go with tradition - all black, a black band on the arm, etc.

I really hate these shirts. So many times, when some poor individual is killed, people pull out the RIP t-shirts, particularly while being interviewed for the 5 o'clock news spot. Perhaps they feel it shows the overwhelming support of the community, via airbrush art. But why not plant a tree for that individual or start a community fund in their name? It's just as creepy as the RIP decals I see on cars from time to time, complete with birth and death dates.

Gross and tacky.

May 25, 2008 at 7:24 PM  

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