• That's nuts! There is something very wrong about all this, very wrong.
    • Archie Bunker
      Agree 100%
  • In this case, Martinez did not jut show up with a flag and burn it in protest, he took the flag from church property then burned it in front of a strip club where he had earlier threatened the staff. Martinez said in an interview "I burned down their [gay] pride, plain and simple" adding "That was an honor to do that." His sentence was extended due to Martinez having prior felonies.
    • Archie Bunker
      I get his past, but the facts show me that because he burned a rainbow flag seemed to point in the direction of the excessive sentence. It matters not to me the reason he did it. Even if he hates gay folks. You have that right in America. But if they want to give someone 16 years for burning a rainbow flag then they should do the same to someone who burns an American flag.
  • One could argue that he stole the flag, but that isn't the crime with which he was charged. The two charges carried a maximum sentence of 6 years, combined, but he was sentenced to sixteen. So, I'm going to say flat out that I don't agree with what he did, and I'm not going to defend his actions, but this sentence is a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, as an excessive punishment for a crime in which no one was harmed or likely to have been harmed.
    • Archie Bunker
      Agreed. I think he got his time because it was a rainbow flag. If it had been an American flag or a Marine Corps flag, you would not have had a 16 year sentence.

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