Final Word: Justice?
ST. LOUIS —
The case of a liberal Webster Groves woman, a former professor, found guilty of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Webster University is infuriating. Found guilty, her sentence? Probation, and write a 65-page journal.
62-year-old Deborah Pierce was sentenced for stealing $375,000 from the school. The judge blasted her for stealing the money because she's reasonably well off, and has no history of drug or alcohol abuse. According to him, it appeared she was just using the extra (stolen) cash to "have fun".
Her own lawyers asked for one year in prison, a counter to the two years prosecutors were asking for. Instead, the judge was so angry about the case that he sentenced Pierce to probation, write the 65-page journal to explain what she did, what she learned, and how to help keep others from committing crimes. It's also important to note that despite her well-off means, Pierce says she can't pay the money back immediately, and a Webster U. official says it wouldn't matter, because the damage she did to the school goes well beyond the dollar amount that she stole.
Incredibly, the judge says Pierce's journal would be read to gang court participants, people accused of more serious crimes to show that crimes are not just committed in poor, black communities.
Jamie's talking about it in his Final Word, Tuesday night on The Allman Report.