Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Scott Sisters Too Unhealthy For Kidney Transplant: Would They Go Back To Prison?

My man African American Pundit has a very interesting story involving the Scott Sisters and how they may have assisted an alleged rapist go free (check it out here). Not too sure about all of that, but the following news about the sisters, Gladys, and Jamie, is a serious cause for concern. The irony of this development, is that I raised a very important question concerning the condition of their release that I think everyone has pretty much ignored:
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Two sisters released from a Mississippi prison early on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other must lose at least 160 pounds between them and one must quit smoking before the operation.

Jamie and Gladys Scott had served 16 years of their life sentences for a robbery when they were released Jan. 7. They moved to Pensacola, Fla.

Jamie Scott suffers from kidney failure.

Gov. Haley Barbour set a condition of release that Gladys Scott give her sister a kidney. She had volunteered to do so.

Jamie Scott said Wednesday she wants an operation to lose weight and her sister must stop smoking.

Barbour hasn't said whether he'll send the sisters back to prison if the transplant doesn't happen. (source)
It would be a shame should they have to return to prison if unable to hold up their end of the bargain. That would be a kidney transplant that the potential donor, Gladys Scott, was not proven to be a match prior to release. It was already determined by medical ethicists that the condition of their release was unethical, and illegal. So, don't be surprised should they have to return to prison if Gladys doesn't get on The Biggest Loser, or have gastric bypass surgery.

After all, this is America; when it comes to justice, people of color are often on the losing end of the battle. They'll wrongfully lock you up and refuse to compensate you for their mistake. Don't believe me? Just ask Ashton Graves. Yep, you know how it goes, folks. In America, freedom damn sure ain't free.


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