Two girls were trick-or-treating on Halloween night when a large group of teens attacked them, leaving both high school seniors unconscious. One needed surgery to repair her eye socket.
The victims were white, and their attackers were black. Seven attackers were girls, and one was an 18-year-old boy. The boy said that he did not attack the girls; he tried to protect them.
“So why were you swinging a skateboard?” asked a witness. The boy said that he was swinging the skateboard at the attackers, not the victims.
The prosecution added “hate crime” to the charge of assault because racial slurs were made before the victims were attacked.
The trial in Long Beach lasted almost four weeks. All the attackers were found guilty, but not one spent even a day in jail. The judge sentenced them to “house arrest” for a month. House arrest meant that they had to sleep in their own beds at home. The boy had to do 20 hours of community service.
Law-abiding white and black adults were outraged at the light sentences. The two girls required hospital care, yet the thugs received a mere slap on the wrist. Concerned parents immediately created a website for recalling the judge.
An Italian couple murdered four people in the house next door. They slit the throats of their neighbor, Maria Como, and her mom. Then they slit the throats of Mrs. Como’s 2-year-old little boy, Perry, and a woman who just happened to be visiting. Finally, they set the house on fire! This all happened two weeks before Christmas.
The couple had complained constantly to the Comos about the noise they caused, but no one else in the neighborhood seemed to think that the Comos were noisy.
“Maria was a kind and quiet person,” said one of her neighbors. “She and her husband used to push little Perry around the neighborhood in his stroller. They were friendly to everyone. I can’t believe this happened.”
Police in the northern Italian town could not believe it either. A spokesman said that never in the history of Italy had a married couple worked as a team to slice four neighbors’ throats and then try to burn their house down!
“I think if they claim temporary insanity, everyone will believe it!” said the spokesman.
After firemen found the four bodies, the couple calmly confessed to the police.