Judge Gives Cancer Patient 90 Days Of Jail For Being Too Sick To Pay Bills

 

2016/08/28

This judge cares more about money than people.

Brianna Acuesta | True Activist

While rapists that admitted to their crimes are getting no jail time and no convictions, likely because they or their parents are wealthy, those that aren’t as financially well-endowed are being thrown into jail for the saddest reasons.

Judge Milas “Butch” Hale from Sherwood, Arkansas has been accused of running a “modern-day debtor’s prison” after he recently sentenced a 44-year-old man with pancreatic cancer to 90 days in jail.

President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Kristen Clarke said of sentencing people like this to jail:

“People are doomed for failure when they appear before the court, and most significantly trapped in this never-ending cycle of expanding debt. With the resurgence of debtors’ prisons, we will continue to see people cycle in and out of jails and prisons across our country merely because of their inability to pay fines and fees tied to low-level, nonviolent offenses.”

Lee Robertson, the man with pancreatic cancer, first ran into trouble in 2009 when he was diagnosed and began his first round of chemotherapy.

His sickness forced him to stop working, which eliminated his source of income and made it impossible for him to sustain himself.

In the course of two weeks, Robertson wrote 11 checks to stores for small amounts ranging from $5 to $41 that all bounced.

After six years and seven arrests, Robertson ended up in Hale’s courtroom, where Hale said that the cancer patient owed the court $3,054.51 in fees and restitution.

Robertson had been unable to pay these fines and checks because his pancreatic cancer has prevented him from returning to work.

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  • Butch Taylor

    Sherwood, Arkansas’s legislature is wasting more tax payer money conducting a mock investigation of a clear pathological mentally ill retard masquerading as a judge. There is also clearly something wrong with a society that tolerates this type of behavior to play out in our court system even once.

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  • Shadizar Silvermask

    Okay the only one who deserves to be in prison is that judge as he CLEARLY isn’t acting in a legal, moral, or ethical manner.

  • David Bianca

    I hope this judge gets cancer and dies a slow painful death. Go to hell where you will writhe in agony as your flesh is burned from your body while you drown in the lake of fire fore eternity.

  • Darryl Warner

    WHY ISN,T THE ARKANSAS ACLU OR STATE LEGAL ETHICS OFFICE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS.

  • Aptosian

    The definition of a disability in social security terms says that if the person is unable to perform a significant portion of the work they previously performed, they are eligible for disability coverage. He should have been advised by the court to speak to someone in SSA.