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Rev. Al:

Plaxico's Sentence

'Unusually Harsh'

9/23/2009 2:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Reverend Al Sharpton is coming out swinging against Plaxico Burress' 2-year prison sentence -- claiming Plax's punishment is "way out of proportion with the crime."

Rev. Al Sharpton -- Plaxico Burress
The Rev just sent us the following statement:

"I think it is an unusually harsh sentence for someone who was his own victim. He should be punished but his sentence is way out of proportion with the crime.

Celebrities should not be given special treatment but they should not be given exceptional punishments either."

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61.

janalal4    

63. 60. It was a plea deal you Loud Mouth IDIOT..If it's too harsh he has himself to blame so shut that Racist Mouth of yours or go back to your gay bars.

Posted at 8:57AM on Sep 23rd 2009 by The Truth

If this is true, why is that loud mouth saying anything? What an Idiot this Al Sharpton is...He's down right Stupid lmao

Posted at 9:06AM on Sep 23rd 2009 by nice one



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True,in the plea deal he would have gotten onlyb 6 months. He rolled the dice & crapped out.

1865 days ago
62.

dawn    

Canadian Girl, that is not f#*cked at all!!! Vick deserved more moron, especially if Plaxico is getting the same sentence for carrying a weapon and NOT killing any living thing.

1865 days ago
63.

imjustnoisy    

Blacks must realize there's a new way of discrimination going on and stay out of situation that will get you locked up instead of fined.This was not a crime that he should get two years.STAY OUT OF TROUBLE BLACK FOLKS.

1865 days ago
64.

Architect    

2 years is nothing for this crime. The gun was illegal, 5 year manditory sentence for this crime unless you are a black celbrity.Plus this was not the first time this jerk was arrested for an illegal weapon. Come on people, don't believe the HYPE...

1865 days ago
65.

Joeb    

Al Sharpton is one of the biggest racist in America. He has made a living by using the black community as pawns while he pretends to care about them. His only care is his bank account and his inflated ego.

1865 days ago
66.

Deborah    

I agree with the rev on this one! Way out of proportion.

1865 days ago
67.

Boooooooooooooooooooorin    

I think it is harsh but remember it is NY with minimum mandatory sentencing for gun crimes. They actually plead the case down a bit otherwise it would have been 4-5 years minimum. Also understand that in NYC they have even stiffer penalties and tougher laws with regards to all types of firearms, which compounds his mistake.
I think where people get the idea that this is "harsh" is that often when someone is charged with a crime like this there is a litany of other charges involved which are subsequently plead down or "bundled", or are served concurrently. An example would be some drug crimes with firearms, they are often plead down or when sentenced the sentences run concurrently, so a two year sentence might cover firearms, drugs, resisting arrest etc. Lastly in much larger cases gun violations are often used as leverage to get a plea on larger charges. In drug trafficking cases, there are always guns involved, so the DA or ADA might charge the whole list...but might toss out many of the charges for a plea on the larger charge of drug trafficking...which is a "sexier" crime, carries more weight if it is an election year, and generally boosts any prosecutors status.
In this case the charges were ONLY really gun charges, so that is what they ran with. If he was facing six years, thousands upon thousands in legal costs, and probably still facing a guilty verdict with a presumed sentence of 6 years or so, two years with out in 18-20 months...seems like a deal.
I am not a lawyer but I am en expert witness in firearms trials, I have seen pretty much all of the above hundreds of times.

1865 days ago
68.

SickofBlackRacists    

Anyone sticking up for this heat packing clown (shot himself), is about as clueless as you can get. They need to lock him up just to keep him safe from himself. These thugs with money are absolutely dangerous. Its frightening.

1865 days ago
69.

Josh    

I wonder if Sharpton realizes he is going to prison for carrying an unlicensed firearm where it's prohibited and not for simply shooting himself.

1865 days ago
70.

Josh    

Oh yeah, in the mean time Donte Stallworth is sitting at home laughing his @$$ off. Where was Sharpton at to praise the fact this black man didn't serve any jail time for being drunk and causing the death of another person?

1865 days ago
71.

Roy    

Where was reverend Al when the other football player Donte Stallworth did a drunk driving hit-and-run MURDER and pretty much got away with it with a short 24 days served for it?

Oh yeah he doesn't give a damn because the black football player got to blame the victim and get away with killing someone.

1865 days ago
72.

barry Gordy is genius    

Reverend Al has a point. We agree with him. What's fair is fair.

1865 days ago
73.

HumanNature    

ALCOHOL + GUNS = DEATH

HE SHOULD BE THANKFUL THAT HE IS ALIVE!!!!

1865 days ago
74.

LosCabos    

So, he's getting 2 years in prison for shooting himself?

1865 days ago
75.

sane    

Reverend Al Sharpton you deserve to do even more time!!!!

1865 days ago
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