Huffington Post- A Greek court has convicted a dead man of stealing electricity from a power utility, giving him a six-month suspended jail sentence.
Defense lawyer Christos Bakelas told the Thessaloniki court that his client was deceased, and asked to have the trial deferred until he could deliver a death certificate. But the court refused, and on Tuesday convicted his client in absentia.
Thessaloniki police records show the 46-year-old unemployed father of three died on April 8, but Bakelas wasn't informed until the eve of the trial.
The man was charged last year after activists reconnected his power supply that had been cut by the electricity company for unpaid bills.
Well if this isn't an indictment of the justice system I don't know what is. Is there not enough living and breathing criminals in the streets to fill up an eight hour work day? Got to waste time sentencing a guy that is currently rotting in a box. Isn't this overkill? Isn't a casket as solitary as confinement gets? Apparently the courts in Greece believe that there actually is a fate worse than death.
With that said, you got to consider the deceased the winner here. A person's accomplishments are always glorified post mortem. Just ask Biggie Smalls or Tupac Shakur. Death is a guaranteed money maker. I would love to be a bad ass, it's just that these stupid things called morals get in the way. Imagine if you could be the bad guy without having to serve a single minute in a penitentiary? Sure, the flip side is that you are dead, but if you are going to be dead you might as well be the most dangerous dead guy to ever have walked the earth. Meet Jim, the electricity thief, a man so bad he had to be imprisoned post mortem. When I die, you can give me all the crimes. Well, all the crimes short of rape. It's better to be known for something than known for nothing. Hell, if I get a terminal disease no man is safe. I'm taking all y'all with me. From my most hated of enemies to the lady that didn't say thanks when I held the door for her. I'm down with being the most convicted corpse to ever haunt the history books. I'll be like the modern day Butch Cassidy. That's just outlaw life. Say hello to the bad guy, you're standing on top of him. Now cue my motherfuckin' music!