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Thread #122909 Message #2700168
Posted By: SharonA
14-Aug-09 - 09:28 AM
Thread Name: BS: Michael Vick, dog-fighter, is an Eagle
Subject: RE: BS: Michael Vick, dog-fighter, is an Eagle
He "served" part of the sentence that was imposed by a judge as part of a plea agreement with this football star. Sometimes people refer to "serving time" in jail as "paying one's debt to society", but IMO the two concepts should not be confused.
Society does not get "paid" but, rather, cheated by this sort of legal wheeling-and-dealing. In reality, Vick will indeed owe a debt to society for the rest of his life, in the sense that he had misrepresented himself as a role model by putting his name on programs for children, and now must repay society by stepping up and being an exceptional role model for the rest of his life. Frankly, there is a large segment of society that doesn't think he's up to the task, and will be watching him VERY closely, ready to point out any slip-ups, for the rest of his life.
THAT is the price one pays to society for crimes such as the ones he has committed against helpless creatures. So, to answer your question, Rapaire: Yes, he should be punished and hounded for the rest of his life.