Now we have a completed trial of the Harrisonburg police officer who awkwardly put an injured cat out of its misery, using a police baton. See http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/mar/09/harrisonburg-police-officer-convicted-beating-cat–ar-1752849/ . I know some of my friends are upset that the fine was only $50, but I would just remind everyone that we have courts to apply the law fairly. I’m really sorry the whole thing happened, but the main lacking element was evidence of malicious intent. An outside judge was brought in and he applied the law in this case. We do not change the law because a bunch of Facebook posters scream for a heaver sentence.