With a ruling that has untold possibilities on an innovative yet controversial way to deal with female criminals, a federal judge has provided leniency to a habitual offender who would seem to perfectly fit the definition of a meth whore.
Oklahoma U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot drew both condemnation and kudos for his offer of a lesser sentence to 34-year-old Summer Thyme Creel who has a history of passing bad checks and popping out babies who are susceptible to being born as addicts due to her inability to put down the glass pipe.
Ms. Creel had already had six of her seven children taken from her by the court system and even if many on the left are screaming “Nazi” and “eugenics” it just seems like a cutting-edge solution from a judge who cited that the perp did not have a “constitutional right to bring crack- or methamphetamine-addicted babies into this world” which she will no longer be capable of doing after the procedure.
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An Oklahoma woman convicted of using a counterfeit check has received a reduced sentence after getting medically sterilized at the suggestion of the judge. The Oklahoman reports that U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot showed leniency to 34-year-old Summer Thyme Creel during her sentencing Thursday because she had surgery to prevent pregnancies.
Friot had suggested the medical procedure in a June order, noting that Creel had relinquished her parental rights to six of her seven children.
Friot defended his suggestion Thursday, The Oklahoman reports, saying the U.S. Supreme Court “has yet to recognize a constitutional right to bring crack- or methamphetamine-addicted babies into this world.”
Creel was sentenced to a year in federal prison and three years on supervised release. She also was ordered to pay more than $15,200 in restitution.
“When I read the order, I was horrified,” Lynn Paltrow, founder of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, told The Washington Post. “We find it highly unlikely that this judge has asked any man how many children he fathered and used that in his sentencing determination.”
Creel pleaded guilty last year to using a counterfeit check at a Walmart in Moore in 2014. She faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Additional detail via The Oklahoman “Oklahoma woman gets shorter prison sentence because she got sterilized”:
He did state his order last year had made clear that “the decision as to whether to be sterilized would be for Ms. Creel and Ms. Creel alone to make.”
He also explained he would not have counted it against Creel if she had decided against the procedure.
“She would have come before the court in the same posture as any other habitual criminal,” he said. “Her fertility would have been a non-issue.”
The judge chided a prosecutor for telling him in a sentencing memorandum Creel has “a fundamental constitutional right to procreate.”
The prosecutor in the memo had cited a 1942 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found unconstitutional Oklahoma’s Habitual Criminal Sterilization Act.
“This is rather curious,” the judge said of the prosecutor’s position on the issue. The judge then pointed out the 1942 decision had involved involuntary sterilization. He said the prosecutor apparently overlooked that fact.
Creel was punished Thursday for her involvement in a fraudulent check-cashing ring that used information from stolen mail to manufacture counterfeit checks. “Theirs was a systematic and successful identity theft scheme,” the judge said.
She pleaded guilty last year to one federal counterfeiting offense. She admitted she had passed a $202.22 counterfeit check in 2014 at a Walmart in Moore.
She has prior theft and counterfeit check convictions in county courts but always received probation.
She originally had sought probation in her federal case. That possibility ended when she was arrested for passing a $121.71 counterfeit check at a Hobby Lobby in Midwest City a month after pleading guilty.
She also has tested positive for methamphetamine use — twice — since her guilty plea. The second time, the judge had her jailed pending sentencing.
Her defense attorney, Brett Behenna, told the judge Creel has had a tough life and became caught in a cycle of poverty. He said she turned to illegal drugs as an escape.
Her father died when she was a teenager and her mother later abandoned her, the attorney said. She dropped out of high school.
Creel was forced to work as a stripper in North Carolina by an abusive boyfriend, the attorney said. That relationship ended after having four children together when the boyfriend fatally shot another man and was sent to prison for murder, the attorney said.
“I’m sorry for the mistakes that I made,” Creel told the judge.
Creel was ultimately sentenced to 12 months in prison where she will hopefully be able to get some treatment and help with her addiction although as with any repeat offender, the old saying that “a leopard is unable to change its spots” is fully applicable.
The positive contribution to society is that she agreed to be sterilized and while the idea has set off howls of indignation and protests from usual suspects about Judge Friot embracing eugenics, the hypocritical left seems to have a double standard on that practice considering that is exactly what Planned Parenthood engages in.
In fact, the founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger was once a member of the American Eugenics Society which is a very inconvenient truth that the left is unable to escape.
There will inevitably be efforts by feminist organizations to push cases on whether this uncommon ruling is indeed constitutional with the ultimate goal of getting it into the Supreme Court. For now, it remains to be seen if the reduced sentence and some much-needed counseling will be able to salvage what remains of Ms. Creel’s life.