Rhodes sentence upheld

Rhodes sentence upheld

There are 55 comments on the GoErie.com story from Jan 27, 2009, titled Rhodes sentence upheld. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Teri Rhodes' lawyer asked Judge William R. Cunningham to retreat from the stance he had taken when he sentenced the former Mercyhurst College student to nine to 18 years in state prison for suffocating her ...

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CRANK

Erie, PA

#1 Jan 27, 2009
Good for Rusty. Its nice for a change to see a public official unwilling to let himself be intimidated by political correctness.
Realist

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Jan 27, 2009
CRANK wrote:
Good for Rusty. Its nice for a change to see a public official unwilling to let himself be intimidated by political correctness.
Absolutely. It's also good to see a judge who means what he says at sentencing and stands by it.
Virginia Wolf

United States

#3 Jan 27, 2009
She needs to face the consequences and move on. Good for Judge Cinningham.
Chandu

Hudson, OH

#4 Jan 27, 2009
It's too bad we didn't get to trial. I'd have liked to see all those folks at Mercyhurst who 'looked the other way' when they could have intervened on the stand telling us why.

What sort of people are these Catholics today? All talk, all posturing, all condemning, all hypocrites. They didn't see it, hear it, or speak it so it didn't happen.
Realist

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Jan 27, 2009
Chandu wrote:
It's too bad we didn't get to trial. I'd have liked to see all those folks at Mercyhurst who 'looked the other way' when they could have intervened on the stand telling us why.
What sort of people are these Catholics today? All talk, all posturing, all condemning, all hypocrites. They didn't see it, hear it, or speak it so it didn't happen.
What were they supposed to do? Tie her down and force her to take a pregnancy test? Force her to have an ultrasound? If you read the facts, a lot of people reached out to her, and she either rejected them or lied to them. She's the only one to blame for what she did.
thinkgoodthings

Akron, OH

#6 Jan 27, 2009
Thank God for Good Men!
bald

Lockport, NY

#7 Jan 27, 2009
although i do not agree with the amount of time of the sentence , i definitely do agree with the sentence itself. also it is good that judge cunningham would not back down from his intent. this young woman is old enough to know that her killing her own child was the wrong thing to have done.
DRK

Waterford, PA

#8 Jan 27, 2009
Keep up the good work Judge! Way to stand by your decision!
BeckyKnapp

Canton, OH

#9 Jan 27, 2009
I think community outrage at Brad Foulk's initial intent to let this girl off with a slap on the wrist was offensive to Judge Cunningham, and rightly so. Teri Rhodes isn't going to do all of the time she was sentenced to, anyway. It will be interesting to see where this goes with the appeal. News said her FATHER requested that the judge lower the sentence. Why weren't they taking ma more active role when it was CLEAR and APPARENT to them that their daughter was pregnant, and lying to them about it? They were convinced when Teri was home over summer hreak that she WAS pregnant -- so why didn't they, as the parents, do more THEN to get some honest, concrete answers when they fully believed she was lying to them?
Worried

Erie, PA

#10 Jan 27, 2009
It is refreshing to see a Judge that will do the right thing and stick to his guns. I am praying that all the Judges will follow his lead.

There is one particular Judge that I am speaking of. Please don't let this girl out early! Her "true" sentencs has only just begun.
Obsaerver1

Erie, PA

#11 Jan 27, 2009
So now it's the Catholic Church's fault, or Mercyhurst, or the parents? How much can you browbeat or otherwise compel an adult woman to admit that she is pregnant and take proper measures for her health. "Privacy", HIPAA, and all that stuff would have been shouted back at anyone who tried to "take action." And how could anyone have expected this well-bred, loved, privileged girl to murder a baby at birth? I know it it politically correct to say "we all share the blame" for any bad actions taken by an individual, but uh uh; there is one person to blame here.
Chandu

Hudson, OH

#12 Jan 27, 2009
I'm not suggesting that the blame for the killing should be shared by society or anyone else. I am saying that several Catholics, including her parents, when faced with a moral imperative ducked, ran, closed their eyes, or sought refuge in some other sandpile.

In these instances of moral cowardice it was the political imperative that swayed the participants. Their excuses for non-action ring very hollow. And Foulk's actions suggest to me a cover-up on behalf of the Church.

And, whatever happened to the doctrine of 'in loco parentis' at a Catholic College? I'd like to hear that explained from 9th&Sassafras.
Obsaerver1 wrote:
So now it's the Catholic Church's fault, or Mercyhurst, or the parents? How much can you browbeat or otherwise compel an adult woman to admit that she is pregnant and take proper measures for her health. "Privacy", HIPAA, and all that stuff would have been shouted back at anyone who tried to "take action." And how could anyone have expected this well-bred, loved, privileged girl to murder a baby at birth? I know it it politically correct to say "we all share the blame" for any bad actions taken by an individual, but uh uh; there is one person to blame here.

Since: May 08

york pa

#13 Jan 27, 2009
the judge was right for giving that sentence.. she took a life.. and how did no one know she was pregnant.. she played sports a school.. come on..
Cat

Villa Park, IL

#14 Jan 27, 2009
Thank you for holding tough, Judge Cunningham. Despite all the posturing from the defense, the young woman is a murderer, and evidence shows premeditation. A heinous, selfish decision cost a defenseless baby her life. I would have adopted that little girl in an instant.

ldd

Since: Jan 09

Erie, PA

#15 Jan 27, 2009
BeckyKnapp wrote:
I think community outrage at Brad Foulk's initial intent to let this girl off with a slap on the wrist was offensive to Judge Cunningham, and rightly so. Teri Rhodes isn't going to do all of the time she was sentenced to, anyway. It will be interesting to see where this goes with the appeal. News said her FATHER requested that the judge lower the sentence. Why weren't they taking ma more active role when it was CLEAR and APPARENT to them that their daughter was pregnant, and lying to them about it? They were convinced when Teri was home over summer hreak that she WAS pregnant -- so why didn't they, as the parents, do more THEN to get some honest, concrete answers when they fully believed she was lying to them?
I totally agree - well said!!
MMK672

West Chester, OH

#16 Jan 27, 2009
Way to go Judge Cunningham! Keep up the good work. Terry Rhodes deserves every day of the sentence and then some. That poor baby never had a chance and neither should she! I hope more judges take your lead and follow in your foot steps! I am sure there are many people who would have adopted that baby in a heartbeat if only they had been given the opportunity.
Tom

Akron, OH

#19 Jan 27, 2009
Chandu wrote:
It's too bad we didn't get to trial. I'd have liked to see all those folks at Mercyhurst who 'looked the other way' when they could have intervened on the stand telling us why.
What sort of people are these Catholics today? All talk, all posturing, all condemning, all hypocrites. They didn't see it, hear it, or speak it so it didn't happen.
You are a fool and a bigot. Rhoades is an adult and no person can force an adult to accept medical care if they don't want it.
Typical bigot, always find a way to blame the group you hate.
You might find this hard to understand, but Terri, and only Terri, is responsible for her current predicament.
Tom

Akron, OH

#20 Jan 27, 2009
Chandu wrote:
I'm not suggesting that the blame for the killing should be shared by society or anyone else. I am saying that several Catholics, including her parents, when faced with a moral imperative ducked, ran, closed their eyes, or sought refuge in some other sandpile.
In these instances of moral cowardice it was the political imperative that swayed the participants. Their excuses for non-action ring very hollow. And Foulk's actions suggest to me a cover-up on behalf of the Church.
And, whatever happened to the doctrine of 'in loco parentis' at a Catholic College? I'd like to hear that explained from 9th&Sassafras.
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I'm sorry, you are a paranoid bigot.
Tom

Akron, OH

#21 Jan 27, 2009
Hey Chandu, Do you have any kids? Take an 18yr old to the doctor and your kid will need to sign papers to allow the doctor to discuss the kids medical issues with you.
The law recognizes an 18yr old as an adult and grants them total privacy, even if she lives with you and you're paying the medical bills. Parents (or any other adult) has NO authority over the medical decisions of an 18yr old child.
Abner Garcia

Erie, PA

#22 Jan 27, 2009
Bravo. The judge is right. This woman didn't mistakenly kill a child. She planned it and did it and the defense attorney is the one perpetrating a sham by wanting us to believe differently.

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