Once again a violent female guilty of “assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm” gets away without serving a day in prison. This wasn’t the first time she assaulted a man with a weapon. I can only imagine what sort of “equality” message this is sending to other women who are now under the impression – quite legitimate – that they can get away with violence against men.

The situation is fairly convoluted. Aretha Wilson first attacked actor Leonardo Di Caprio back at a party in 2005. Running from the police back to her home in Toronto, she laid low but, unable to keep her violent nature in check, she once again came to the attention of the Toronto police when (Toronto Sun, Star Slash Accused Arrested)

Wilson was accused of slashing ex-boyfriend Wyatt Cote, 34, with a Stella beer stein moments before he fell to his death from his eighth-floor Toronto balcony on Feb. 5, 2006. She was found guilty of assault in April 2008 and given a suspended sentence and two years probation.

So for throwing a beer bottle at a man’s head, causing lacerations and leading to a mysterious plummit from the window to his death, she gets a suspended sentence, which means if she doesn’t commit another crime she won’t serve any time. This, even though the Judge himself – Justice Bruno Cavion – admitted (DiCarlo Suspect Guilty in T.O. Case):

“I have no doubt in my mind that she did swing that glass and hit him.”

“Self-defence does not apply,” he said.

Now she’s being extradited back to the US to face charges on the original assault (DiCarlo attack suspect in court):

“As he turned away to walk away from her, he felt something wet on his back,” LAPD officer Karen Smith told the Sun earlier this year. “When he turned around, she hit him on the neck and side of his head with a glass.”

The incident left DiCaprio with 17 stitches — 10 to his ear and seven to his neck. Although LAPD authorities said they hope to extradite Wilson so she can face her charges there, that won’t be possible until her case has gone through here.

I find it odd that DiCarlo had to give permission for the case to proceed. Imagine a man guilty of violence leading to a mysterious death, let out on probation, then brought back to the police on similar charges. I find it hard to imagine that the authorities would consult with the victim to be allowed to proceed. In any case, good for DiCarlo in ensuring this is prosecuted to its fullest.

This woman is a violent animal and should be locked up for, well, however long they’d lock up a man in such a situation. A man would be unlikely to get away without a day in prison. But that sexism in crime sentencing is nothing new. Call it the gender crime gap if you’d like.

Social Science Quarterly reports (Gender differences in criminal sentencing: do effects vary across violent, property, and drug offenses)

The prediction that females will receive milder sentencing outcomes receives such consistent support from a wide range of studies done since the 1980s, and encompassing many different jurisdictions in the United States, that it may be one of the best established facts regarding criminal justice outcomes.

This is controlling for possible variables like past history, likelihood of recommitting crime, etc. Another good source is Males Get Longer Sentences Than Females For Same Crime by Marc Angelucci, Esq.

It opens with the following:

When Etta Ann Urdiales was murdered in Colorado, two completely different juries convicted two different people of the crime. Both juries believed there was only one murderer. One convicted Bobbie Hogan, a woman. The other convicted Jess Jacobs, a man.

She got 10 years in prison.

He was put to death.

This case is just one example of the discrimination men face in criminal courts throughout the United States.

While we’re busy closing the supposed gender pay gap, we might work on the crime sentencing gender gap too. Longer sentences for men only reinforces the belief that men are more violent, in turn reinforcing longer sentences for men simply for being men. A longer period in jail – even for less severe crimes – also hardens a person, thus again turning more men as compared to women into even more violent criminals. Let’s not talk about equality when three times the percentage of male criminals are being sentenced to life in prison as compared to female criminals.