Sparkle is a child. She's not old enough to see the movie, although she seems to have been forced to act out a number of scenes from it.
Originally Posted by noonwitch
Last night, Mrs. O and I were watching one of the George Gently episodes on BBC America, and at the end, the bad guy was hanged. It took a moment for Mrs. O to remember that there was a time when criminals actually paid for their crimes. The piece of human sewage who exploited and tortured this child will now go before a court, where his rights will be the primary concern of the criminal justice system, and his victim will be indelibly scarred, physically and mentally, by his horrific acts. I'm reminded of the scene in Dirty Harry, when a judge who teaches at UC Berkeley goes off on Inspector Callahan for failing to abide by the niceties of the law:
Judge: Without the evidence of the gun and the girl, (half chuckles) I couldn't convict him of spitting on the sidewalk. No, the suspect's rights were violated, under the Fourth and Fifth and probably the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Callahan: And Anne Marie Deacon, what about her rights? I mean, she's raped and left in a hole to die. Who speaks for her?
This thug needs to be put away forever. There is nothing to be gained from his "rehabilitation" (assuming that such a thing is even possible), and everything to be gained from his being kept from inflicting himself on the rest of humanity ever again.