Map with Ahmed Ali and ISW Iraq Team. Originally posted at ISW Iraq Blog.


According to Slate, Jesse Lee Herald was convicted today of child endangerment, hit-and-run driving, and driving on a suspended license and was sentenced to 20 months in prison, five years of probation, and a vasectomy. A VASECTOMY. Why? According to the Assistant Prosecutor –

“It was primarily due to the fact he had seven or eight children, all by different women, and we felt it might be in the commonwealth’s interest for that to be part of the plea agreement,” White said of the vasectomy provision.

Um. If this isn’t eugenics, it’s incredibly unclear what other label could be placed on this steaming turd of judicial process. Because it’s atrocious to punish someone for a crime unrelated to the un-criminal activity of copulating and making babies by removing their reproductive capabilities. It’s very disturbing that this is all-too-similar to the Supreme Court’s infamously disturbing 1927 decision in Buck v. Bell that sterilising women held in mental institutions was all right (“Three generations of imbeciles are enough” penned Oliver Wendell Holmes”). And similar, you know, to Nazi times.