There was a local story in yesterday's Los Angeles Times about a man who may spend the rest of his life in prison due to a lifetime of violence and the recent brutal killing of a dog. The man, Bud Wally Ruiz, 53, of Gilroy, California, has four previous convictions for assault with a deadly weapon. A few weeks ago Mr. Ruiz gave his wife a chihuahua for Mother's Day. Earlier this week he killed the little dog by smashing it against a wall.
In addition to being charged with two counts of animal cruelty, prosecutors are also charging him with one count of misdemeanor battery against his spouse.
Ruiz, a career criminal, appears to be headed for life in prison due to California's "three strikes" law.
While I am not a fan of prisons because they tend to be little more that crime colleges for the poor and minorities who make up the vast majority of those residing behind bars, there are times when people are so bad that they should not be allowed to function in open society. Mr. Ruiz seems to be just such an individual.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, is another.