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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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76.

biggity    

OK, so if he would have shot someone else..would that justify it doofus? What a moron - IF EVERY DUMB GUY that carried A GUN AROUND, thought that punishment was only likely if he did something he didn't have plans on doing, THEN THERE WOULD BE A WHOLE LOT MORE DUMB GUYS CARRYING GUNS AROUND and next time we won't be so lucky that the dumb guy only shoots himself in the leg. THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE. HE COULD HAVE KILLED SOMEONE. THE PUNISHMENT IS INTENDED TO DETER THE CRIME From EVER HAPPENING, NOT JUST "OH WELL, I GOT CAUGHT SO HOW MUCH DAMAGE DID IT REALLY DO?". idiot. The cost is too great to wager.

1772 days ago
77.

cedargreen    

burress carried an unlicensed weapon across state lines and then brought into a place with alcohol. That is what he got 2yrs. for. The judge did not sentence him to that it is mandatory. There are mitigating factors in his case but his actions come with a mandatory sentence. Its just too bad he shot him self while commiting this crime. Go green!

1772 days ago
78.

Laurie    

For once I mostly agree with Sharpton. But carrying a concealed gun should not be a crime, period.

1772 days ago
79.

Linda    

I appreciate Rev Al and the work he does. HOWEVER, it's time he shows up and marches in the community as Black people kill each other. He's right there when a cop shoots somebody -- and I 'get that.' But Rev Al - your people are killing each other -- kids are killing kids. And you don't show up. Come to Rochester, NY and march against violence here. A 12 year old girl had her face shot off and died two weeks ago by a guy who took off on a bicycle. Where are you? Come and lead the marchers. Maybe you can convince somebody to go the police with what they know. Maybe you can rally the people to change their lives so that the culture of violence can end.

1772 days ago
80.

Slap Maxwell    

Could they have found more ridiculous looking pictures than these? Obviously done intentionally for the subliminal effect. This sentence is definitely too harsh. 6 months in jail and 3 years probation is fair for this crime.

1772 days ago
81.

Debbi    

REV AL!!! SHUT YOUR RACIST MOUTH!! HE HAD A GUN!!! NOT ALLOWED!!!! BLACK OR WHITE!!! SORRY, THE BLACK MAN MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE WAY HE ACTS!!! GIVE ME A BREAK!!! EVERYTIME A BLACK MAN GETS IN TROUBLE, HERE COMES THE RACE CARD!! ITS TIME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CRIME AND STOP ACTING LIKE U R BETTER BECAUSE U R BLACK!!! OVERPAID, ARROGANT, AND ACTING LIKE A TYPICAL THUG, UNTIL HE GETS ARRESTED, THEN HES BEING PICKED ON BECAUSE HES BLACK!! WHITE MEN OWN UP AND TAKE THEIR PUNISHMENT! BLACK MEN CRY RACE CARD!!

1772 days ago
82.

C    

For once Al Sharpton is absolutely right. Two years for a stupid accident in which he only hurt HIMSELF?! I guess he should have just driven drunk and killed someone. Then he would have got probation.

1772 days ago
83.

kdawg    

This was from an article


"Burress is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after the shooting, punishable by 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison if convicted. The football star did not have a permit to have a gun in New York." He should have gotten 3 1/2 minimum Id say he got off lightly.

1772 days ago
84.

Josh    

The problem was that the gun wasn't legal. He should have had the required permit to cary it. Its his own fault. If you are going to cary a hand gun, everyone knows you face a severe penalty if you don't follow all the rules to a "t".

1772 days ago
85.

Who me    

He got 2 years for carrying the gun in New York City.

Shooting himself was just a bonus!!! :-)

1772 days ago
86.

SickofBlackRacists    

Carrie - please stop, you are ignorant. It doesn't matter that he shot himself. He had an illegal weapon in a club. I wish he would have shot his pecker off. I think he got off lighty because the judge was afraid of the black nation backlash. How dare you persecute a black man for breaking a major law?

1772 days ago
87.

Matt    

Remember, Plaxico's great great grandmother's best friend's next door neighbor's cousin twice removed was a slave, so he actually deserves to get off for the crime because of the horrible injustice that his family has suffered in the past... Al Sharpton, America has changed, no one is scared of you anymore.. GET A LIFE.

1772 days ago
88.

Sue Wong    

I AGREE 110% with Rev. Al!!

1772 days ago
89.

THISISIT again MJ breaks records    

Thank you Al. Harsh sentence is harsh.

1772 days ago
90.

L    

Yep, I agree. He should switch punishments with Chris Brown. Since Chris Brown should have been charged with attempted murder for choking, beating, and trying to push Rianna out of the car. If that would have been a regular citizen they would have locked them up and thrown away the key. Once a abuser always an abuser. It is very rare they change with professional help.

1772 days ago
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