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Kiss sends man to prison for life


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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It may have been a borderline call, but it was still a third strike. The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a ruling that sent Nicholas Meyrovich to life in prison under a 2001 three-strikes law. Meyrovich got his third strike, a felony sex offense, for delivering an unwanted kiss.

Meyrovich, in his appeal, claimed that a life sentence for the kiss violated the Oregon Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Meyrovich, 60, an exterminator, was inspecting the home of a Salem woman in October 2003 when he suddenly grabbed her and kissed her. The woman pushed Meyrovich away, but he took hold of her again and sucked her on the neck, stopping when a neighbor walked in.

Meyrovich was later convicted of first-degree sexual abuse, which under Oregon law requires the forcible touching of the "sexual or other intimate parts" of another person.

Meyrovich argued that the neck is not an intimate part of the body; the court disagreed.

"In ordinary social intercourse, one adult does not touch the neck of another adult outside of intimate relationships, at least not without some unusual but reasonable justification," Judge David Schuman wrote for the panel that decided the case.

The court also disagreed that the sentence was cruel and unusual, noting that the three-strikes law was not aimed at the gravity of a particular crime but at habitual offenders. Schuman wrote that Meyrovich had been convicted of nine prior sex offenses before the kiss.

Meyrovich is one of only four inmates serving life sentences under Oregon's sex offender three-strikes law.

Source: CourtTV.com
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I wonder what his other offences were.

But yes, i think this is a little bit too much for a single grab and kiss case. 20 years would be much better.
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I say give him 15, and ban him from the state when he gets out.
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When I hear the term "Life in prison" I know that doesn't always mean they will actually be in prison for the rest of their life.

Unfortunately, some people have a bad record of releasing those who deserve life in prison early, and for those who don't deserve such harsh treatment, they don't get such mercy.

Quite frankly, if I were that lady, I'd have kicked his arse all over the place. And that would have been enough for me. But then I would be the one to get sent to jail.

No one should tolerate their personal space being invaded.

Also I think the neck is an intimate, sensitive place. It is an erogenous zone after all...

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As this was strike TEN I think that a neck kiss == life was likely fair under a 3 strike law...




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