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Great White Manager, Daniel Biechele, Released From Prison

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According to Eric Tucker from the Associated Press, the band manager whose pyrotechnics display sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003 walked out of prison Wednesday, free to return to his home state of Florida after serving less than half of his four-year sentence.

Daniel Biechele, 31, who tearfully apologized to victims' relatives before being sent to prison, kept quiet Wednesday as he left the state's minimum security prison. He got into his lawyer's car, ignoring questions from reporters across the street, and was driven away.

Biechele's lawyer, Thomas Briody, said in a statement that Biechele would not make any public statements "out of respect for those people most affected by the fire."

"He was a private citizen before this tragedy and he wishes to remain so," Briody said.

Briody has declined to discuss Biechele's future plans, but officials in Florida have confirmed that he would serve his parole there.

Biechele, the former tour manager for the 1980s rock group GREAT WHITE, pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter, admitting he did not have the required permit when he set off flashy pyrotechnics inside The Station nightclub in West Warwick on Feb. 20, 2003.

Co-owner of The Station nightclub, Michael Derderian, 46, went to prison in September 2006 was recently granted an early release from prison by the state parole board, but will not be freed until October 2009 after serving more than three years of his four-year sentence. Derderian became eligible for parole this month after completing one-third of his sentence, but faced an uphill battle to get released after discipline problems in prison and pleas to keep him behind bars.

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1. thor hath risen writes:

hah!!!!nobody like great white............

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2. thor hath risen writes:

ths supposed to say likes......

# Mar 20, 2008 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. thor hath risen writes:

i can't type worth a sh**......

# Mar 20, 2008 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. russ writes:

no sh**

# Mar 20, 2008 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. psythe writes:

As long as the guy's actually sorry for the consequences of his actions (and he appears to be so) and has learnt his lesson, I don't see why he should need to be further punished. Then again, I wasn't directly (or indirectly, really) affected by this tragedy. Family members of those deceased are likely to feel differently.

Now Playing: One Minute Silence - "Stuck Between a Rock and a White Face"

# Mar 20, 2008 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. teddy writes:

FYI
The tragic fire happened in Warwick, RI not CT.

# Mar 20, 2008 @ 9:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Kalis_wrath writes:

I think that those famlies should have been the ones to choose his punsihment.

# Mar 20, 2008 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. wombstretcher writes:

We all need to realize that he didn't intend to go out that night and kill all of those people. He was only trying to put on a good concert, but he used very poor judgement. We can go on and on about how this individual should be punished, but we all need to realize that it was a terrible accident. An accident that i'm sure this individual wishes he could take back, and he's gonna spend the rest of his life regretting. Lets all pray for the families that passed away, and try and move on from this.

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 1:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. no one writes:

Re: Kalis_wrath - post 7
Following this story, one of the articles I read concerning his parole hearing was that the families of the victims testified on his behalf to let him out at this point. Several of them even stated that they did not want him in prison, as he was not really guilty, and it was an accident.
So they actually did get to choose his punishment in a way.

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 8:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. GOD writes:

If my band takes off at all, Im going to hire this guy as my techy.....haha

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 2:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Txmetalhead writes:

I agree that it was poor judgment on his part. It could happen to anyone. I think suffering nightmares and feelings of intense guilt is more than punishment. After all, he has the possible guilt of 100 people dead on his conscience.

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 2:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. LiquidMetal writes:

he should have had the concert in the middle east for terrorists.

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 3:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. broken face writes:

can sum1 give me the basics of what happened that nite please ? ive never heard of this incident

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 9:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. deathbringer writes:

You can click the "Great White" link and go back through their new archives, but unfortunately I didn't start linking news directly to bands til after the incident... Short story, band lit up some pyrotechnics that caught the whole damn place on fire due to some flammable sound proofing material in teh ceiling I believe. People couldn't get out fast enough and 100 people died. Lots of denial of responsibility on band/managers/club owners parts, so no one knows who was really at fault or by way of neglect or misinformation or if it was a pure accident.

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 9:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Kalis_wrath writes:

I think all are at fault in their own way. If you had a band would you have pyrotecnics in a club? Would you as a club owner allow it? Would you not as a band manager tell the band to lay off the fire for the night? It all is pure common sence to me. An arena is set up for pyrotechnects and so are out door venues. Personally, the second I saw pyrotecnics going off in a club would do well to leave and never go there again myself. No, I am not saying its the fans fault either. Just what I would do.

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 9:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Txmetalhead writes:

I have to agree with Kalis - not smart to use pyro in an indoor club.

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 10:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Kalis_wrath writes:

Thank you Tx. Honestly, I would love to know what was going through their heads when the dession was made to use pyrotechnicts.

# Mar 21, 2008 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Txmetalhead writes:

Pyro is appropriate for an outdoor venue...but using pyro indoors - that is a recipe for disaster. I was in the small club once and damn it looked like it could have easily gone up in flames...the band was bada$$, but it was a bit confining.

# Mar 22, 2008 @ 3:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Kalis_wrath writes:

I bet it was Tx! What band was it?

# Mar 22, 2008 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Ethelred writes:

no matter whose fault it was, it was still something one person cannot hold all the blame for. like you guys have said, what kind of club owner allows pyrotechnics inside a confined space thus presenting a recipe for death and disaster.

# Mar 24, 2008 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Kalis_wrath writes:

An idiot of a club owner! I think its appaling that Great White has not domd a benifit show for those effected by that night. I think the club owner should have steped up too.

# Mar 24, 2008 @ 7:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. no one writes:

the blame falls on many shoulders
1 - the manager did have permission from the club to use pyro; it was used in the club many times before.
2 - the manager did not have a permit from the county/state to do pyro
3 - the club owners did not stipulate the band/manager get the permit
4 - the club had the wrong type of sound proofing on the walls
5 - the band bailed on the manager as soon as the hammer came down
everyone involved shares the responsibility

# Mar 24, 2008 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Public Execution writes:

I am glad this guy is being released from prison. He really became the scapegoat in this situation when theere were multiple people to blame. He has apologized about the situation, and I am sure that he is truly sorry and feels terribly guilty about his actions. There is no reason to punish him anymore, just let him try to live the rest of his life in peace.

# Mar 24, 2008 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Kalis_wrath writes:

Did the club owner ever go to jail? If not he should too and the band! ALL parties should be punished!

# Mar 24, 2008 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. LST77 writes:

Kalis...just wantet to let you know that while I'm not sure if they have done an actual benefit concert or not, I know that after they started playing shows again they announced they were donating a portion of the proceeds to the victims.

I think it's important to note that Great White also lost a member is this tragedy, Ty Longley, their guitarist. A lot of bad sh** happened that night, but the fact is we've all been to concerts where very bad things could happen, some of them are in plain sight but we chose to ignore them because we don't think about sh** like that when we're at concerts. Point being; everyone today knows how bad of idea it is to use those pyrotechnics, and that night everyone would have too had they thought about it for a minute. Problem is we as humans usually don't think about consequences until after the fact...then it's too late. It was a black day for music in general.

# Mar 24, 2008 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Kalis_wrath writes:

This may sound very cold, but I truely think that stupidity should be painful and am glad that it is for Great white. Really and truely think about it; club and fire? People have had their homes burn down because of unattened ciggeretts and that flame is smaller than the pyrotechnicts that were going off in that club. I am sorry to say it, but f*** Great white and I hope they feel every ounce of pain they feel for the loss of their guitarist. Call me a b****, a c*** and uncareing all you want. I don't care and stand by what I just said!

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 12:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. LiquidMetal writes:

^^^well kalis_wrath if you were a guy you definitely wouldnt say something like that cuz guys do stupid things all the time and can relate to something like this.

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 12:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. LiquidMetal writes:

maybe not as extreme but you get the idea

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 12:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Kalis_wrath writes:

LM, I am not following what you are trying to say. Could you elaborate a little more?

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 1:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. LiquidMetal writes:

guys always do dumb things without thinking about the consequences. all we want is some fun and then before we know it weve screwed ourselves over. i think all guys can relate to this and understand where the "stupidity" of Great White came from and would maybe not be as judgmental.

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 2:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Holy shxt. Psythe was listening to One Minute Silence? Did somebody dare you or something?

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. BLACKDOG writes:

I agree with post 22.He's not the only one at fault.

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 7:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. LST77 writes:

LM, that was exactly my point, I forgot the fact that woman think things through more though, lol.
If I would have stopped and thought about half the sh*t I've done in life, I might not have done it (Some for the better, some for the worse). I wouldn't wish that kind of pain on anyone, not even my enemies.....which I wish a lot of pain on sometimes!

Kalis....I won't call you cold or ruthless or any sh*t like that, just say to you that remember all those people that were in there, they stayed in there. I'm sure they didn't think about it at the time either.....until it was too late. I've seen some pretty bad sh** at shows, heck I went to a concert once where there was no security....none. How many fights do you think were at that concert? If not for fans someone would surely have been put in the hospital....but I chose to stay there. Everyone has to accept some responsibility, even if the majority lies with the bands manegment.

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 7:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. no one writes:

the cameraman who actually provided the footage of people not being able to get out was also charged with a crime, along with the tv station he worked for. that case was just settled.
there were a lot of heads on the chopping block for this. there should have been more with such a great loss of life.

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 8:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. BLACKDOG writes:

Too true.

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 9:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. BLACKDOG. writes:

tootrue.

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 10:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. godlike' writes:

BURN BABY BURN

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 10:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. deathbringer writes:

Interesting. I didn't hear about the cameraman being charged as well. On what grounds? I don't remember there really being anything he could have done from what I remember about the video. Got a link about it?

# Mar 25, 2008 @ 11:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. daniel. writes:

yes i like some dark meat mmmmmmm good

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 9:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. godlike writes:

hey can someone figure out who the idiot is that keeps posting the bullsh^t... like # 37

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 10:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. godlike. writes:

hey can someone figure out who the idiot is that keeps posting the bull sh** like # 37

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 11:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. godlike writes:

yep, this is really funny isnt it..?
Its kinda pathetic that this idiot doesnt know how to copy an paste...or even use the same words or spelling....that way, it would at least look like the original poster made a mistake and posted twice...!!
What a moron..!!

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 12:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. godlike. writes:

yep, this is really funny isnt it..? its kind pathetic that this idiot doesnt know how to copy an paste..or even use the same words or spelling....that wat, it would at least look like the originalposter made a mistake and posted twice iam a morom!!!

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 12:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Txmetalhead writes:

To post 19 - it was Mushroomhead, Psyclon Nine, I Decay, and some other bands...
I recommend Mushroomhead and I Decay.
It was an actual tattoo bar. It was bada$$ to be close to Mushroomhead, and be able to talk with them, but like I said before a bit claustorphobic. One fire or explosion, hell, I may have been trapped in there...or trampled.

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. LiquidMetal.77 writes:

its the fraud, hes back. he took blackdogs name too.

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 3:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. LiquidMetal' writes:

Hello, this is the fraud, i like to steal peoples names because im a douche with no acceptable identity. i am a total loser, i have no life and i am jealous of you all. i love peeking at my mom and sister when they shower, they are so hott. i shove grapes up my a$$ and eat them for more flavor. forgive me for being an a$$hole i will stop doing this. i need to f*ck the goat in my backyard now, typing this makes me horny, i dont know why. im going now, byeeeee.

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. liquidmetal.77. writes:

its the fraud, hes back . he took blackdogs name too.

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. liquidmetal. writes:

Hello,this is the fraud, i like to steal peoples names because im a douche with no acceptable identity. iam a total loser, i have no life and iam jealous of you all. i love peeking at my mom and sister when thay shower,thay are so hott. i shove grapes up my dads a$$ and eat tham i love sucking black dogs d*** the only p***y you get is with your hand f*** boy

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 3:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. LiquidMetal.77 writes:

wow the fraud actually admitted to it. haha thats funny!!

# Mar 26, 2008 @ 6:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. liquidmetalhater writes:

your mom is funny when iam doing her

# Mar 27, 2008 @ 12:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. LiquidMetal.77 writes:

my mom is your mom.

# Mar 27, 2008 @ 1:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. liquidmetal.77. writes:

my mom is your mom. go suck your dads little d***

# Mar 27, 2008 @ 8:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. LiquidMetal.77 writes:

i know my mom is your mom, that doesnt affect me. but you, you f*cked her. loser. go suck your grandpa's wrinkly ball sack.

# Mar 27, 2008 @ 2:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. liquidmetalhater writes:

i dont think so fagit . i did not know you like old man nuts homo.

# Mar 27, 2008 @ 3:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. rusty strings writes:

sh** happened... 100 leeches died... appologize... went to prison... realesed... life goes on... who do we have to blame?

# Mar 27, 2008 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. rusty strings writes:

sh** happened... 100 leeches died... appologize... went to prison... realesed... life goes on... who do we have to blame?
blame the f***in law... "AN EYE FOR AN EYE" thats the way it should be!!!

# Mar 27, 2008 @ 3:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. LiquidMetal writes:

an eye for an eye only applies to deliberate attempts to kill or injure people.

# Mar 29, 2008 @ 3:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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58. xman writes:

i hate great white jack russell is a d***

# Mar 29, 2008 @ 4:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. Dshnizal15 writes:

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. ok so if anybody remembers over 90% of the people who got killed were trampled to death by OTHER f***ING FANS!
its was a fluke. dont get me wrong he should serve the f***ing sentance. if not life. but most of it was the fault of the crowd.

# Mar 31, 2008 @ 10:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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60. LiquidMetal writes:

^^^great example of why you dont panic

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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61. LiquidMetal writes:

i mean shouldn't panic

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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62. XWigglesX writes:

Eye for an eye?
So then who will carry out such punishment? Are you going to do it?
If that was the way the law worked then it would make the person who carries out the punishment just as bad as the person how did the crime.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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63. phyxious writes:

who cares great white is anyway

# Apr 3, 2008 @ 9:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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