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What do you think of the 30-day jail sentence a Lawrence man received for killing a rabbit?

Response Percent Votes
It’s too long
33% 162
It’s not enough time
30% 148
It’s just right
30% 147
4% 22
Total 479


kneejerkreaction 6 years, 4 months ago

Agnostick (Anonymous) says: purplesage, that's the first halfway-intelligent post yet on this issue in the past week.

And that includes the above.


Agnostick 6 years, 4 months ago

purplesage, that's the first halfway-intelligent post yet on this issue in the past week.

If you go back and research this into last year, when the incident first happened...

you can find out several things:

1) Newport is male. He was sharing an apartment with a girl. While there's no reference to any sort of romantic and/or sexual relationship between the two, it can't be ruled out. After all, he waited until she left town before "doing the deed."

2) From the 08/30/2006 article linked above, "His former roommate, Jamie Nixon, who reported the incident to police, said she doesn't accept his explanation. She said she approves of the tougher animal cruelty law."

Get that? HE killed the rabbit; SHE called the police. Clearly, Nixon cared for the animal.

From yesterday's article--asterisks added for my own emphasis:


"Although he [Newport] pleaded to a misdemeanor, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said prosecutors were satisfied ***he agreed to take felony-level punishment***, which includes a psychological evaluation."


So, what's the real story here? Is the judicial system screwed up? Or did Newport's attorney give bad counsel, and Newport copped a bad plea? He'll do 30 days standing on his head, and if he keeps his nose clean and meets the requirements of his parole, he avoids an entire year in jail.

Anybody care to actually read before posting, for a change?



purplesage 6 years, 4 months ago

Well, let's take a look at the other stories on the news the night the rodent suffocation took place. A Lee's Summit cop and his wife (how willing of a participant she was is unknown) decided to birth a child at home. The child died - right away. Infection took her life about 30 days later. The decision was no charges.

Some jerk torments a vulnerable teen aged girl over My Space and she commits suicide. No charges.

Deer season is open. People hunt prairie dogs with automatic weapons and shoot rabbits, squirrel, opossum and other creatures - and it isn't all for sustenance.

We abort 4,000 babies a day and call it "choice" but under certain other circumstances, it might even be murder.

The guy needs serious psychological help. Anyone know what his story is as to why he sought to smother the rabbit?


kneejerkreaction 6 years, 4 months ago

Agnostick (Anonymous) says: P.S. I stand by my original assessment: 30 days sounds about right: for a rabbit.

And for a deer? We could sentence by the'd be about 7 years for a deer, I guess.

Personally, I don't like the idea of my tax dollars being spent to keep this stupid kid in jail. Make the punishment fit the crime, 30 days for croaking a rabbit is absurd.


Agnostick 6 years, 4 months ago

smitty, the DA is probably more embarrassed that (s)he's wasting time on ignorant dingbats like you.

Let's not only look the other way when a person needlessly tortures an animal, let's encourage it!!

'Cause when you look away from this:

you eventually end up with a few of these...

Then, when you have five or six Ted Bundy's running around Lawrence, and your little panties are all stained out of fear (or as my mother used to say, "yellow heels!")... then you won't have to worry about an embarrassed DA and police department taking care of you.

Hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm???? :))


P.S. I stand by my original assessment: 30 days sounds about right... for a rabbit.


spywell 6 years, 4 months ago

He's a loser and deserves more pain and suffering.


bobberboy 6 years, 4 months ago

Jezz, Mr Firefighter you have problems. So what it's just a dumb animal huh !


smitty 6 years, 4 months ago

The DA seems embarrassed about his part in this case. Rightfully so.


nettieb 6 years, 4 months ago

People who kill or torture small animals usually have deeper issues going on that will probably turn into more criminal behavior. Not to get all "Minority Report" on you, but it id unfortunate that he'll get out in 30 days and the neighborhood he moves to will start missing pets.

Hopefully it stays with animals and doesn't go to children, which often happens.


boltzmann 6 years, 4 months ago


 So, if your neighbor killed your pet dog, cat (or rabbit) by capturing and suffocating it, you would classify that as I "little thing" that justifies little or no punishment. If that is the case, 1) I feel sorry for you and (2) I hope you don't have pets, and 3) I'm happy you moved.

fyrfighter 6 years, 4 months ago

I find it hard to believe that killing an animal is a felony. With all the things out of control in this world, we have better things to do then go ballistic over the killing of animals. Only in Lawrence Kansas. After spending my first 40 years in Lawrence, this is why I moved. Things are way out of perspective in that town. Worry about the big picture and the little things will take care of themselves.


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