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Unequal Punishment

March 15, 2004

Re "Woman Gets 6-Month Jail Term in Boys' Heat Deaths," March 10: A white university professor in Irvine inadvertently left his child in a hot automobile last August and the child died. That, according to officials, was an accident, and the professor was not charged with a crime. An African American woman in Lancaster inadvertently left her two foster children in a hot automobile and the children died. That was deemed a crime and the woman must serve six months in jail, plus a lengthy probation.

It seems that ranking near the bottom in education is not the only thing that Mississippi and California have in common.

Jim Roberson

Hollywood

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