Why don't more states have a three-strikes law? I would be seriously
surprised if this individual doesn't ruin at least a few lives before
he's finally put away forever. Given his offender status it appears that
he's most likely been living off the government in some way or another...
we may as well just oblige this man with a life sentence to save on court costs
of repeated re-incarceration, not to mention the emotional cost to the victims
for potential loss of liberty and life.
"Merkley is a habitual offender in the city, mainly committing misdemeanor
offenses such as public intoxication and disorderly conduct, according to Utah
state court records. He has nearly 150 case entries since 2003.In
2014, he has been charged in seven cases with alcohol or trespassing related
offenses. Some of those were ultimately dismissed."==========================Well, let's hope this attempted
kidnapping of a child will help someone in the "justice" system wake up
to the idea of actually imprisoning someone who has obviously been trying hard,
for along time, to be imprisoned.
because housing people in prison is extremely expensive. Although I don't
love dangerous people being out amongst us, in many places its too expensive to
keep minor criminals continually locked up because evil is spreading and there
are so many of them. Unfortunately our laws do not let us lock someone up
because we think they might do something really bad. Justice requires some
crime to actually have occurred.
150 cases since '03? The courts should have pulled the plug on his freedom
at 10. Society dodged a bullet this time. sounds like a candidate for a long
If he is just a career criminal, then let's get these charges prosecuted
and lock him up.If he is mentally ill, then perhaps that requires a
different process to get him committed and locked up somewhere else.Bottom line is, having career criminals wandering around and attempting to
kidnap six year old girls is not what is done in a civilized and safe society.
If other cities (San Francisco, Chicago, New York like people like this, I will
be happy to buy him a one way bus ticket to any of those places.Let's get Chief Burbank on this one to make the city safer. This is in
addition to two people being stabbed in Liberty Park yesterday. Really does not
make me want to go downtown anymore.
This little girl's family is REALLY lucky!
To expensive to house them? What's your child's life worth?
This guy needs to be removed from society before he finally succeeds and a
family friend is not there to rescue a young girl. I don't understand the
mentality of lawyers, lawmakers, and the like who continue working hard to
defend and pass laws that keep evil guys like this one on the streets in
society. He is not fit, nor capable, to live in a society of law abiding people.
It seems obvious to me that this man's crimes are accelerating. Leave him
out long enough and he will destroy children's lives or kill them. Why
does the justice system turn a blind eye to this kind of crime. Three strikes
you are out laws work fine if they are specific to the kinds of crimes ( ie
violent, involving children, involving a gun, etc) We need to protect the
It almost sounds like he was trying to find a way to get back into the prison
system. Odd for him to continue encouraging the girl to keep walking when he
was confronted. Odd that he didn't run when the police were involved.
Who's to blame -- The bad little boy, or the parent who says
"no" but nothing and let's him keep right on doing it? [bad parent]
This guy had nearly 150 case entries since 2003.When
will Utah catch up with the rest of America and pass a "3 strikes" law?
No not odd at all. Just finished reading Elizabeth Smart's book, My Story.
He fits the profile of a preditory pediphile perfectly and the child was most
likely terrified! This family was very fortunate
permanent tracking (chip or bracelet and his whereabouts will protect us from
future crimes.)Maybe not all, but most predators do not want to get
caught..Tracking by software there every movement, on such behaviors
once convicted ...Is the best way to deter future crimes..And still
protect their rights and ours..They don't want to get caught.. Some
one goes missing track all who are in the area under gps watchful
eyes.......Those who aren't totally insane. will choose to not get
caught.Just think about.....looking both ways to see if someone is
watching..Will not help them escape justice..................We need to be
smarter than the criminals....this is how...Ask UAG Sean Reyes if this strategy
would help defend us?
"To expensive to house them? What's your child's life
worth?"Well said! I shudder to think how this would have turned
out for that little girl if someone who knew her hadn't noticed what was
going on. He has now proven he's a threat. Time to lock him up for good!
Send him here to Arizona. I'm happy to help pay for his incarceration with
my tax dollars if that's what it takes to protect the next child!
holy cow talk about emotional overreaction here. the article said his 150
offenses were mostly for public intoxication. If we do a three strikes and
you're out law for 3 public intoxication offenses, we are going to be
paying 80% income taxes to the government so we can pay to house all of those in
prison. yes petty crime can be a sign that worse crime is going to come and I
do not classify attempted kidnapping as petty crime. I think attempted
kidnapping is sufficient grounds to lock someone up for a long time. I guess
if you folks want to pay 80% income tax so we can get every petty criminal off
the street, then I won't be able to afford where you live.
Re: "He has nearly 150 case entries since 2003. In 2014, he has been charged
in seven cases with alcohol or trespassing related offenses."Well, at least now we know why he drinks so much.Thankfully, his
most recent offense carries a 10 or 15-to-life sentence. Here's hoping Sim
Gill has the guts to go for the conviction, and the parole board has the sense
to make it a long, long, long time before he's released.