Abused victims become accused victims

Women in prison for killing pimp gets clemency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A woman who was 16 when she ambushed and killed her former pimp in a Southern California motel room has been granted clemency by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sara Kruzan, now 32, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the 1994 shooting death of George Gilbert Howard. Prosecutors said Kruzan was no longer working for Howard when she killed him.

Calling it “excessive,” Schwarzenegger commuted Kruzan’s life sentence to 25 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Her clemency petition to the governor, approved Sunday, cited years of abuse and psychiatric reports saying she suffered from battered women’s syndrome.

Sen. Leland Yee, who advocated for Kruzan, said she had turned her life around in prison and could be a role model for abused kids if released. Her case was the centerpiece of Yee’s failed bill to allow reduction of life sentences for minors.

Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/01/02/2217148/woman-in-prison-for-killing-pimp.html#ixzz1AIyTC2zq

16 years old when she was a sex worker?! Where is the outrage when minors are being pimped?! The media is not helping by glamorizing pimps’ attire, pimping rides, etc.

No snap

In Woman Gets Eight Years for Fatal Shooting of Husband (Apr 18), where is the “snap”? As you can see from the first paragraph, it clearly seems that this woman “snapped”  – just like all the “nice guys” do when they kill their wives.

A Fairfax County woman who fatally shot her husband after spray-painting an angry diatribe about him on their driveway was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

No, I’m not advocating reporters use the term “snap” or that we put it in the DSM as a mental condition leading to domestic homicide, but, come on, why do “nice guys” “snap” and women appear mentally deranged?

The guys (probably Men’s Rights Activists – MRAs) on the comment board are up in arms about the short sentence for this woman and believe it’s due to her gender. True, it does seem short, but they must not have read, “Pr. William Slaying Results in Six-Year Term,” where a man got 6 years for fataling beating another man.