No Deal For Ruthless Cat Killer

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Originally Posted: 26 October 2008

No Deal For Ruthless Cat Killer

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The Honorable Leila Kermani, Assistant District Attorney
Office of the Manhattan District Attorney
One Hogan Place
NY, NY 10013
(212) 335-3630 or (212) 335-9400
fax (212) 335-9288

The Honorable Michael J. Obus
Manhattan Criminal Court
100 Centre Street
NY, NY 10013
(646) 386-4500
fax (212) 374-5293



SAMPLE LETTER - This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Write a personal letter using these talking points.
=========================================================== Assistant District Attorney Leila Kermani and Hon. Michael J. Obus:

Concerned citizens recently urged you to retry Joseph Petcka, the one-time
minor league pitcher and aspiring actor who killed his girlfriend's cat
Norman on March 27, 2007.

We now implore you to reject a plea deal, offered by defense lawyer Charles
Hochbaum, which would let Petcka evade another trial altogether.

In a drunken rage, Petcka mutilated former girlfriend Lisa Altobelli's
8-pound orange and white tabby because he believed she loved her cat more
than him. An ASPCA investigator said Norman suffered smashed ribs and teeth.
His internal injuries were so severe, his lungs filled with blood.

Rather than strike a deal, prosecutors ought to demand a retrial and seek
maximum penalties allowed by law -- including incarceration and fines.
Petcka requires intensive anger management counseling and should be barred
from contact with animals.

Please don't resolve a felony aggravated animal cruelty case with mere
probation. A plea deal is particularly negligent. As you know, Petcka
allegedly abused both animal and human victims in his past.

When the justice system excuses blatant cruelty, it perpetuates the cycle of
violence. Men prosecuted for animal cruelty are five times as likely to be
arrested for other violent crimes, according to Utah State University
professor Frank Ascione. Even the FBI red flags animal abuse when profiling
homicidal criminals and their potential for recurring violence.

Joseph Petcka poses a risk to animals and humans. Thank you for recognizing
the gravity of his crime and punishing him to the fullest degree.


=========================================================== 10/7/08: Demand Retrial For Vicious Cat Killer

Lawyer in NY cat-kill case says plea deal possible

Cat beaten to death New York, NY (US)

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