August 21, 2009

Burress Sentence Puts Focus Back on Stallworth Sentence

Yesterday, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress accepted a plea bargain with a two-year prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub. Just last month, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth was released from a Miami jail after serving 24 days for DUI manslaughter.

As the news of Burress' sentence came down, the online world immediately questioned how one man who shot himself could get a sentence so much more harsh than a man who actually killed another human.

While prosecutors and judges must always evaluate a number of factors when making plea bargains and determining sentencing for offenders, where does justice play a part? And perhaps most importantly, as both men serve as high-profile role models for future generations, what message are really sending to kids?

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