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CA Father Sentenced to Thousands of Years for Raping Daughter:  A Fresno man was sentenced on Friday to 1,503 years in prison for the years-long rape of his daughter, marking the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court history.  Pablo Lopez of the Fresno Bee reports that Rene Lopez, 41, raped his teenage daughter, now 23, two to three times a week over a four-year period, from May 2009 to May 2013.  He was arrested in November 2013 after his daughter reported the abuse to police, and found guilty last month of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of counts of rape of a minor, and is required to register as a sex offender.  Lopez turned down two plea deals prior to his trial, the first that would have resulted in a 13-year prison sentence and the second a 22-year sentence.  Both plea deals required him to admit guilt, but he refused.  He contests that his daughter lied, but prosecutors say that the evidence against him was overwhelming.

Manhunt Underway for OK Gunman who Shot 2 Officers, 3 Others:  An intensive manhunt is underway on Monday for an Oklahoma man accused of shooting and wounding two police officers and stealing their patrol car, and killing two of his relatives.  Fox News reports that Michael Vance shot and injured the two officers with an AK-47 on Sunday after they responded to a report of shots fired, and then stole their police car along with an alleged accomplice, who was later arrested.  After Vance fled, the bodies of his aunt and uncle were discovered in the home where the incident occurred.  Vance then ditched the patrol car at a mobile home park and shot and injured another woman before taking her car.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol announced Monday that Vance has HIV/AIDS and "may try to spread disease."  He was recently released from jail, where he was being held on child sexual assault allegations.


"CA Father Sentenced to Thousands of Years for Raping Daughter"

That does not increase my confidence in the judiciary due to cases & judges like these:

1] Montana judge who blamed teen rape victim
to receive lifetime achievement award

A controversial Montana judge who said a 14-year-old girl was partly to blame
for her rape will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from his local bar association.
Former District Judge Todd Baugh will receive the award from the Yellowstone
Area Bar Association, but the group's president, Jessica Fehr, declined to explain why he was chosen.

Thousands of protesters called for Baugh's resignation in 2013, when he said a
teen victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her creepy teacher when she was raped in 2008.
The 14-year-old was two years younger than the legal age of consent in Montana.

Baugh sentenced the convicted rapist, Stacey Rambold, to just a month in jail
— a decision Baugh was later censured for by the state Supreme Court.

Prosecutors appealed Rambold's "illegal" sentence because Baugh bypassed
the state’s mandatory minimum sentence of two years.

The teen girl never saw the justice dealt — she took her own life while the case
was pending in 2010.

~ nydailynews.com/news/national/victim-blaming-montana-judge-

2] Montana judge, facing impeachment threat for
lenient rape sentencing, set to retire next month

A Montana district court judge who caused a public uproar by imposing a
two-month sentence on a father for repeatedly raping his 12-year-old daughter
is about to step down from the bench.

But it will be retirement, not the public firestorm and petition to impeach him,
that will send Valley County District Judge John McKeon packing Nov. 30.
McKeon nonetheless will depart with the sound of protest in his ears for
rejecting the 25-year sentence recommended by prosecutors.

3] In Orange County (CA) last year, an online effort to remove Judge M.
Marc Kelly
from the bench failed when it fell short of the necessary signatures.

Kelly had sentenced a 20-year-old man to 10 years in prison for sexually
assaulting a 3-year-old girl, though prosecutors contended that state law
mandated a term of 25 years to life.

3] Most prominently, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky
is still trying to stave off a recall drive after sentencing Stanford swimmer
Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious
woman last year. Turner, who has already completed his sentence, “is a free
man,” U.S. Senate candidate and Orange County congresswoman Loretta
Sanchez said last month.

~ latimes.com/nation/la-na-montana-judge-impeach-20161021-snap-story.html

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