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Surprise, Surprise: Suspect in Clemson Student's Murder a Repeated Sex Offender

Today being 06-06-06 is the official release date of Ann Coulter’s new polemic Godless: The Church of Liberalism. In her usual firebrand style, the fiery pundit assails liberals on variety of issues, one being their penchant for “rehabilitation” and early release programs for prisoners. Today, we learn that the Clemson student who was murdered with her own bikini top may be a victim of that criminology model.

I guess this guy (USA TODAY) still has some "rehabilitating" to do:

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Authorities say they have issued arrest warrants for murder, rape and kidnapping against a Tennessee man in the death of a Clemson University student strangled with her bikini top.

Jerry Buck Inman's DNA matched samples taken from Tiffany Marie Souers' apartment, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart said Tuesday night.

Inman has not been arrested. He is considered extremely dangerous and is likely in a green Chevrolet Camaro or an Econoline van, prosecutor Bob Ariail said.

The 35-year-old construction worker was registered as a sex offender in Florida in September for kidnapping and sexual battery. His last address is listed as Dandridge, Tenn.

Inman also had a felony record from North Carolina, but Stewart wouldn't elaborate. Ariail did say that he still thinks this is the first time the suspect has killed someone.

Souers, a 20-year-old civil engineering junior from Ladue, Mo., was wearing only a bra when she was found on her bedroom floor a few miles from campus. The bikini top was still around her neck.

So here we have a guy who's a registered sex offender in two states, has a prior history of kidnapping and sexual battery, and is now running freely from authorities as a suspect in the brutal rape and murder of a Clemson student. The sad thing is that you could cut his rap sheet in half and he would still deserve a good thirty or more years behind bars. Alas, Inman is one of countless inmates who was set free from prison and would go on to commit the ultimate crimes of rape and murder.

The police chief was quoted in the above article as saying that this is most likely the first time the suspect has killed anyone. But how come we're not asking why Inman had the opportunity to upgrade his criminal resume to murder in the first place?

While I agree with liberals that mandatory minimum sentencing laws have their limits, we desperately need a sentencing floor for the most heinous crimes. Inman wasn't caught with half an ounce of marijuana, he was a kidnapper. He was a violent rapist. He should have never been afforded the temptation to become a cold-blooded killer.

Coulter's new book is riddled with examples of barbarians like Inman who were "rehabilitated" by the system and then contributed to the betterment of society by doing something worse than whatever it was that put them in prison in the first place. If there's such thing as "reverse rehabilitation" we've found it, and it's a phenomenon that needs to end.

Posted by Scottie at June 6, 2006 11:52 PM
Comment #155016

Scottie good post, except do you have to mention that idiot Coulter. Perhaps we should ask why kidnapping and sexual battery sentences do not have mandatory minimums as the drug crimes do. Instead of blaming judges, perhaps we should ask why Federal and State lawmakers are not passing sticter laws for child molesters and sexual predators. If they have time to look at serious issues such as a marriage amendment they shouls have time for this.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 7, 2006 1:37 AM
Comment #155022

South Carolina, Tennassee, Missouri… those are all conservative states with conservative governors and conservative judges. What does this have to do with liberals?

Posted by: American Pundit at June 7, 2006 2:32 AM
Comment #155036

You actually gave a link to Ann “God-Awful” Coulter’s book. This tells me that you’re about as Independent as a octogenarian hooked to a respirator.
Why don’t you just join the Republicans/Neocons already? They’ll take anyone. Even a Nutcase Whore like Coulter who is about as much of a Christian as was Lucretia Borgia.
As far the topic goes, you might take a stab at answering j2t2 and AP, because those are the only two pertinent questions you’re likely to get in this thread. I predict that most of the comments to follow are likely to be a real liberal bash fest.
Hope you enjoy it.

Posted by: Adrienne at June 7, 2006 4:07 AM
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The States with the stiffest requirements for Sexual Predators are the States along the East and West Coasts, the LIBERAL States.

Posted by: Aldous at June 7, 2006 4:21 AM
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Perhaps, just maybe, cages aren’t the answer for all of societies woes. Maybe the whole idea of throwing large groups of hardened criminals in a box with countless other hardened criminals only succeeds in isolating and fomenting hatred in them further. How this situation is supposed to ‘rehabilitate’ anyone is completely beyond me, as prisons have actually become, in a sense, criminal training institutions.

On top of this, overburdening our system with hundreds of thousands of non-violent offenders of victimless crimes such as drug use and prostitution only succeeds in taking our focus, time, money, and energy away from punishing and *attempting* to rehabilitate those who truly deserve either one or the other.

It is quite true that many offenders cannot be rehabilitated, but it is also true that in most cases we are not even trying. Our society must, at some point, decide once and for all what the focus and purpose is of our criminal justice system. Should our focus be on punishment? Or trying to create healthier members of our communities, where possible? Which idea presents to the higher functions of our society and our species, which to the more debased? And, perhaps more importantly, which is more beneficial in the long run to society as a whole?

Such philosophical debates such as the meaning of the word ‘justice’ (is it ‘revenge’ or ‘fairness?’ Is forgiveness within it’s capacity, or is that mearly the realm of those afflicted, and not of those who dole this justice out and see to its execution?) may be somewhat beyond the scope of these discussions here at Watchblog, but if our society consistently fails to re-examine our goals and priorites, then we are doomed to experience the events this article laid out over and over again.

In the end, expecting cookie-cutter models of punishment and/or rehab to work for any statistically relevent portion of our population only boxes us in with them. To break out, true, open discussion and debate is required (especially among those we elect to represent us), without the inevitable political shackles of preconceived notions and ‘safe’ (tried, and often failed) possibilities that only serve to limit the ideas presented and, in turn, the outcome.

Posted by: Liberal Demon at June 7, 2006 6:43 AM
Comment #155047

Early release only makes sense for victimless criminals. Rehabilitation could work for some to many criminals, problem is, we don’t have any effective rehabilitation in our prison system, only the appearance of rehab in halfway houses, and virtually none on parole. Real rehabilitation takes a willing subject and a cadre of practioners including a psychologist/psychiatrist (depending), a social worker, and parole officer, and vocational training. Our society does not want to pay for rehabilitation. Just like it does not want to pay for real effective education.

Posted by: David R. Remer at June 7, 2006 7:09 AM
Comment #155050

Rehab needs to begin in our public schools with troubled and anti-social youth behavior in order to stem the next generation of adult criminals. Catch youth in trouble and rehab them as teens, and the chances of effective rehab improve remarkably and the cost to society far lower, than attempting the same for a recidivist adult criminal.

A $1000.00 of prevention is worth $100,000 of incarceration and punishment, to paraphrase an old wisdom.

Posted by: David R. Remer at June 7, 2006 7:14 AM
Comment #155059

Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Montana are not liberal states.
What is your point?
Maybe that the RED state conservatives would rather blame the BLUE state liberals for problems that have nothing to do with liberals or conservatives but rather a lack of interest from both sides to do their jobs regardless of political point of view?

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at June 7, 2006 8:14 AM
Comment #155178

Inman wasn’t caught with half an ounce of marijuana, he was a kidnapper. He was a violent rapist. He should have never been afforded the temptation to become a cold-blooded killer.

Correction, He IS a kidnapper, and he IS a violent rapist. He’s been convicted for both. And evidently not just once.
The fact that he has multiple convictions for this kind of behavior proves he(like most if not all)should have never been released.
I worked for the Georgia Department of Corrections for a couple of years right after I retired from service. Most those in prison don’t want to rehabilitate. They talk the talk to get out but hteir behavior in prison shows different. And the fact that so many return reforces it.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 7, 2006 1:24 PM
Comment #155180

Instead of blaming judges, perhaps we should ask why Federal and State lawmakers are not passing sticter laws for child molesters and sexual predators. If they have time to look at serious issues such as a marriage amendment they shouls have time for this.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 7, 2006 01:37 AM

We can blame the judges. They can give stiffer sentences but don’t.
I agree, the law makers should be passing stricter sentences for crime like rape, murder and child molestation.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 7, 2006 1:29 PM
Comment #155184

Liberal Demon
Prison isn’t meant to rehabilitate. It’s meant to punish. The problem is that prison doesn’t really punish any more. Most these ‘harden criminals’ live better in prison than the folks paying their hard earned money to keep them there.
Can you afford steak even once a week? They get it once if not twice a week.
Can you afford elective surgery? They get it at no charge.
Can you afford (even with insurance)brand name medicine? They get it.
Does someone else pay for your lawyer? We pay for theirs.
Prison should be such an terrible experience that no one should want to go back.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 7, 2006 1:41 PM
Comment #155198

I’m sure we can find a way to blame this on MySpace somehow. Besides we have far more important matters to worry about, like those horrible file sharers stealing music. Pah….

Posted by: Don at June 7, 2006 2:12 PM
Comment #155757

Aldous and Andre,

Point of fact, Tennessee has a Democrat govenor as do North Carolina and Montana. Not sure how Montana and Missouri got thrown in the equation though.

Posted by: Rob at June 8, 2006 8:00 PM
Comment #156322

LOL, Don. We mustn’t let those pervs that reveal the sick desires we have for nearly nekkid 15 year olds on TV go unpunished fer our sins. Beat them harder before we do something bad.

Posted by: gergle at June 10, 2006 5:43 PM
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Most these ‘harden criminals’ live better in prison than the folks paying their hard earned money to keep them there.

Yeah, Ron, I guess you’re going to sign up for prison right away, because your life will be so good. And don’t forget the plentiful company prisoners have and the warmth and affection they get from their fellow prisoners.

Great talking point. If there are working people who are worse off than prisoners, this reflects badly on the state of our economy. Doesn’t it mean that we are underpaying our workers? Maybe we need to up the minimum wage, huh?

I’m lovin’ this quote from John Stuart Mill, the philosopher:

I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.
Posted by: Mental Wimp at June 12, 2006 4:39 PM
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