In Philadelphia yesterday, Judge Roxanne Covington denied a request to reconsider the sentence of Kathryn Knott who was convicted — she’s guilty, y’all, guilty — of assault for the beating of two gay men who had the nerve to walk the same streets as she and her friends.
"The sentence is well within the guidelines and is as appropriate as I can provide within the law and shall remain. The motion is denied." — Judge Covington
Knott was sentenced to 5-to-10 months in prison and two years probation; she also received a $2,000 fine and was ordered to attend anger management classes, keep out of Philadelphia County during her probation and stay away from the victims Andrew Haught and his partner, Zachary Hesse.
In denying the motion, Covington said Knott displayed a "complete disconnection" from the assault and a "failure" to take ownership of her actions despite issuing an apology at her sentencing hearing.
"As injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, hatred toward any group is no different than hatred toward all of us. Every single one of us has a right to be who we are, to love who we want and to walk down the street and enjoy the city safely, without fear of ridicule, of torture, of attack." — Judge Covington
Knott’s attorney, Bill Brennan, was disappointed by the decision because he … seriously … thought Covington would remove Knott from jail and allow her to film a Public Service Announcement [PSA] in lieu of prison time. He had also suggested that Kathryn Knott be placed on house arrest because she had a job lined up and a new home to live in, but the idea of prison time is to punish thugs like Kathryn Knott, not let them live at home and got to work as though they didn’t assault someone in the street.
Assistant District Attorney Allison Ruth urged against a resentencing, arguing the sentence was not excessive and that a PSA involving Knott would be "comical ... if it wasn't so offensive":
"She didn't say, 'I'm sorry for my actions.' She said, 'I'm sorry it happened to you.' That's not an apology. And this is the woman who should do a PSA? The best PSA to deter a future hate crime would be for this defendant to serve the sentence [that was] properly imposed."
Look, it was hate than made Kathryn Knott do what she did; hate and a mob mentality in a group of over privileged drunken fools. And, as a consequence of her actions, she was found guilty. She does the time, and maybe she’ll learn her lesson.
Doing a commercial would be, as ADA Ruth said, a joke.
And this isn’t funny.