There’s a lot if controversy swirlin’ around this story, and I don’t know why. I think it’s a ’feel good’ holiday blessin’…
These two sisters, Gladys and Jamie Scott, were arrested in 1993 for settin’ up two guys to get ambushed and jacked by three of their homies. Some homies; they got caught, and implicated
snitched on Gladys and Jamie in a plea deal. They lil assess got 10 months. The Sisters didn’t even get action at a deal, and were swiftly convicted and sentenced to double-life each.
For $11.00. That’s so ugly.
The NAACP and other civil rights advocates, started pushin’ for their release based on the
f*cked up cruel and excessive sentence they got.
So for the last 16 yrs or so, Jamie has to have dialysis treatments and needs a kidney. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, lookin’ at checks and balances more than the human aspect of the case, suspended those dbl-lifes under the stipulation that Gladys give a kidney to Jamie. Jamie Scott’s three-times-a-week dialysis was costin’ the state about $200,000 a year. Multiply that by 15!
The controversy is swirlin’ on two things: That the man did this for political self servin’ reasons (he’s another one plannin’ to run against Bam in 2012), and that the stipulation is unethical. Some folks are gettin’ all hypothetical, wonderin’ if there is not a tissue match, will the healthy one have to go back to jail. And then the extreme ones are sayin’ this is like buyin’ and sellin’ organs, or forcin’ the one gurl to choose between surgery and freedom, which is against the law.
People should calm down. It was Gladys’ idea in the first place, so she’s definitely committed to it, and she wants to save her sister’s life. I think it’s a good deal for everybody; The Sisters get out and back to life, the state saves $200ThouWow, and that Barbour dude gets the publicity he wants. They not free just yet; they want to go to Florida with their mother and children. The state has to approve that and with the wheels of justice grindin slow as they do, they should be on the streets in about 60 days. I’m cool with that.
I know ‘Mother’ is happy too…