I can't resist commenting on the prosecutors' sentencing arguments in Kevin Geddings's case. They argued that the judge should give Geddings more time because his lies and schemes have caused the public to lose confidence in the lottery. Isn't that rich? Aren't they a pair?
So far, North Carolinians have shown uncommonly good sense where the lottery is concerned. They don't play because they won't win. Leaders who shoved this game down our throats have done a great job pretending to themselves that there's something wrong with us because we won't play. They need more people to spend a lot more money losing at the lottery in order to give us what they promised. Guess what? Though we've plenty of example around here of pigs to the slaughter, we're still not going for it en masse. And while people like Kevin Geddings have undoubtedly made a hash of things, it's not really all his fault. Lucky for him, the judge wasn't buying that particular argument today. He's looking at four years for what he called "a mistake" and the prosecutors called "a well-calculated scheme" but you won't be able to pin NC's puny love for the lottery solely on ol' Kev.
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