Idaho Republican John McGee Gets 88 Days in the Slammer, Plus “Special Rights” Disgraced Anti-Gay Bigot Was All Too Happy to Deny Others
Backstory (well worth the read, because his adventures on his DUI joyride are even more interesting than his encounter with his aide): “John McGee (R-MiserableEmbarassment, Ida.),” June 13, 2012
McGee got 44 days for “disturbing the peace” — which doesn’t sound as bad as
He also got two years’ probation, has to undergo counseling (“about having healthy relationships and setting appropriate boundaries”), and gets to pay various court costs and restitution to his victim.
We like what the judge had to say; per the Idaho Statesman:
McGee’s attorney Scott McKay and prosecutors negotiated a deal where McGee would have spent five days in jail, but [Fourth District Magistrate James Cawthon] exceeded that agreement, telling McGee that he was taking into account his position as a public servant and the fact that he was already on probation for the DUI.
“It’s not a question of treating you differently. It’s a question of treating you like any other public servant that misbehaves to the level of committing criminal behavior,” Cawthon said.
After his sentencing (during which he appears in photos as if he’s blubbering like a little girl), McGee was placed in protective custody — not because anybody’s worried about him killing himself, but because. says AP, “Ada County law enforcement officials … fear media attention to his crimes and his high public profile could endanger his safety were he housed in the general inmate population.”
That’s odd, since it’s not like he raped a little kid or something. Maybe lawmakers who appear to give a damn about no one but themselves are terrified of meeting up with folks they might have screwed over as lawmakers. We have no idea — but it does bug us that McGee is being given special rights — which, by gosh!, was McGee’s own argument earlier this year against basic protections against discrimination in employment and housing for all Idahoans.
And here McGee is getting special rights for special protection because, it seems, he belongs to a special group.
What a sissy — and we don’t mean that in the good, happy, proudly out Harvey “I like the sissy” Fierstein kind of way.
• “Judge exceeds plea agreement, sends McGee to jail for up to 88 days,” Patrick Orr, Idaho Statesman, August 21, 2012
• “Ex-Idaho Sen. McGee gets up to 88 days in jail after violating probation,” AP, August 21, 2012
• “McGee placed in protective custody for own safety,” AP, August 22, 2012
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