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Friday, November 04, 2005

Gotta Love The L.V. Mayor

Here's the story. The city spent millions of dollars on some desert tortoise statues - roughly 6 feet high and ten feet in diameter, indian themed decor, plants, rocks...all sorts of shit to pretty up the freeways.

Now, of course, some morons come along and tag them. Like that wasn't going to happen.
So now the mayor wants to teach the taggers a lesson.

From the LAS VEGAS SUN:
Oscar does it again!

The happiest mayor calls for cutting off the thumbs of graffiti artists on television and caning and whipping children

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman suggested Wednesday that those who deface freeways with graffiti should have their thumbs cut off on television.

Goodman, appearing on the television program "Nevada Newsmakers" in Reno, said: "In the old days in France, they had beheading of people who commit heinous crimes.

"You know, we have a beautiful highway landscaping redevelopment in our downtown. We have desert tortoises and beautiful paintings of flora and fauna. These punks come along and deface it.

"I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb," the mayor added. "That may be the right thing to do."

Goodman also suggested that whippings or canings should be brought back for children who get into trouble.

"I also believe in a little bit of corporal punishment going back to the days of yore, where examples have to be shown," Goodman said.

"I'm dead serious," said Goodman, a guest on the panel show.

Parents are supposed to take care of their children, but government replaces them on some occasions, Goodman said.

"Some of these (children) don't learn," he said. "You have got to teach them a lesson, and this is coming from a criminal defense lawyer."

Goodman then added: "They would get a trial first."

Another panelist on the show, Howard Rosenberg, a member of the university Board of Regents, responded by saying that Goodman should "use his head for something other than a hat rack."

Cutting off the thumbs of taggers will not solve the problem, Rosenberg said.
Old school justice. Maybe not such a bad idea. We're too lenient on crooks nowdays anyway.

Just so you know, as the story mentioned, Oscar Goodman was a criminla defense lawyer. His biggest clients were members of the mob - the likes of Meyer Lansky, Nick Civella, Anthony 'Tony' Spilotro, Frank Rosenthal, Jimmy Chagra, Natale Richichi, Phil Leonetti and Vinny Ferrara. (A little more background here).

Back in the day, you get caught cheating at a casino and they didn't just escort you out and take your winnings. They usually didn't call the cops either.
What they would do is take you in the back room and cut off your thumb or thumbs. Break your knuckles with nut-crackers or pliers, break your knees with a bat or tire iron, kick the fuck out of you, or just take you up and throw you off the roof.
The lesson was usually learned real fast.

He's always saying non-pc shit. I love it.

2 comments:

Peggasus said...

As a Mob lawyer, I can certainly see where he got his mentality from. An eye (or knee) for an eye, so to speak.

However, if those Mob guys were his clients, he was obviously no doubt successful in getting them off the hook for far worse crimes (murder, extortion, etc.), on technicalities and vague legalese.

Seems to me like there's a bit of a double standard going on here. By him. All of a sudden you're supposed to believe he's totally the law and order type? Seems pretty hypocritical to me.

curmudgeon said...

Well, he's wearing a new hat since he became mayor.