The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 April 2004

This takes balls

If the Oklahoma House has its way, some sex offenders would be subjected to castration. The House's amendment to Senate Bill 1413 specifies that the procedure will be used only after conviction of first- or second-degree rape or forcible sodomy, and then only if there are two prior convictions and supporting DNA evidence — unless the perp requests it, perhaps as part of a plea bargain.

A similar measure got through the Legislature in 2002, but was vetoed by Frank Keating, then governor, who called it "reckless." Brad Henry, who succeeded Keating, has so far given no indication of how he will respond.

The amended bill also contains a strange provision from Rep. Thad Balkman (R-Norman) which would bar the viewing of sexually-explicit images in a moving vehicle. (Who knew this was a problem?)

The Senate will get one more shot at the bill before it goes to Governor Henry.

(Update: Originally, I had written this with reference to chemical castration; in fact, this measure calls for actual snippage. Thanks to Myria.)

Posted at 7:42 AM to Soonerland

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Tracked: April 23, 2004 10:02 PM

Umm, the article states surgical castration, not chemical.


Posted by: Myria at 5:09 PM on 22 April 2004

So it does. I believe this is due to excessive cut and paste from the last eleven or twelve such bills introduced in this state. I went back to the text of the bill to verify (on the off-chance that it might have been someone else's error, which it wasn't), and have deleted the term "chemical."

Thanks for the heads-up.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:04 PM on 22 April 2004

A re-occurring theme there, huh? I'm rather surprised anyone is under the illusion that this would pass constitutional muster or, for that matter, do any good. In case the legislators of Oklahoma are not aware, this is the 21st century, replacement androgens can be had relatively easily. An orchidectomy might sound like poetic justice, but if you want to actually achieve something I fail to see how it helps. A testicle-less rapist with 'roid rage just doesn't sound like an improvement to me.


Posted by: Myria at 7:41 PM on 22 April 2004

On second thought, given that they seem to be insane, they're not talking about a penectomy/phallectomy rather than an orchidectomy, are they?


Posted by: Myria at 7:46 PM on 22 April 2004

So far as I know, no one is talking about removing John Thomas.

Then again, we did pass a referendum to ban cockfighting last year.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:50 PM on 22 April 2004