Friday, June 15, 2018

No Gun Rights for Baby-Killer

Rankin County Circuit Judge John Emfinger denied a convicted baby-killer's petition to restore his gun rights last month.




Joshua Poling was indicted for capital murder  in Rankin County for the 2005 death of his son, 8-month old James Poling. (The obituary for little James is posted below.)  He pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to culpable negligence in December, 2007.  Circuit Judge Samac Richardson sentenced Poling to a prison term of twenty years, but gave him credit for time served.  Poling served over two years in the Rankin County jail since he could not post bond of $500,000.  The Mississippi Department of Corrections granted Earned Supervised Release to Poling on September 20, 2014.  He did not have to apply for parole.

 Poling filed a petition for certificate of rehabilitation in Rankin County Circuit Court on July 13, 2017.    Judge Emfinger was a Rankin County Assistant District Attorney when the case was prosecuted. Oddly enough, the Clarion-Ledger reported Poling's arrest but did not report his indictment nor conviction.

Judge Emfinger said that  although the law does not require a "waiting period" before the certificate can be issued, he would not consider doing so unless Poling was eligible for expungement.  Poling can't apply for expungement until five years after his release (in two years).





13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sorry sack of s**t should never see the light of day again!

Anonymous said...

Keerp him locked up and give him a gun. Maybe he'll pull a Bourdain.

Anonymous said...

This piece of shit picked up his infant son and threw him across the room, smashing his head open on a counter. Because he was crying to much. He should never hold a gun again. In fact, he should never walk free again.

Ring Toss said...

Dear Joshua Poling,
Everyone on this site is crying too much. Choose one of us and throw us across the room. (me first) After you accomplish that task, then your gun rights will be a moot point.

Anonymous said...

Give him a gun so someone can have an excuse for shooting him!!!

Anonymous said...

Catch and release!

Anonymous said...


Why is this M--r F--r still breathing?

Not only did the criminal justice system fail us, the "inmate " justice system failed us as well.

I guess he'll get his punishment from the Almighty.

Anonymous said...

I support castration as part of the sentencing of any man who murders his child. Too bad that wasn't an option.
I also find the light sentence to be inexplicable.
This was homicide and even more egregious than if he'd killed an adult in anger or frustration.
That he may someday qualify to own a gun should be unthinkable.
We once understood that rights come with responsibilities and can be lost by one's egregious actions.
But, we are in an insane political climate controlled by extremists. They appeal to our fears.
The extremists misquote Paul by taking one part out of context so as to justify separating 2000 children, including toddlers from mothers.
The United Methodist Church (other churches plan to do the same at their conventions) had to officially take a stand against something that they thought to be obviously immoral to all religions.
But, the extremists saw a loophole in the law and a loophole in religious doctrine and claim they are not responsible or to blame for their actions.
At best, a " loophole" just means lawmakers nor religious leaders couldn't predict or imagine that any human would go to such extremes as to make specific language preventing such an extreme necessary.
So, we shouldn't be surprised at how this case has been adjudicated nor surprised should this man be allowed to carry a weapon in the future.
We no longer judge by behavior, we judge by looking in the mirror and if the person seems to be like the reflection, we can find excuses and compassion for that person's bad behavior.




Anonymous said...

I have a hard time understanding some people.
On one hand they want more punishment for a citizen of the U.S. for a crime but want less punishment for a person who is not a citizen of the U.S. who commits a crime.
Can anyone explain that to me?

Anonymous said...

12:32, F***ing Democrats pandering for votes so they can rule over the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

12:32 pm Yeah, we punish the criminal, not their children whether they are citizens or not. We have morals and values, unlike our enemies or we did.


And, for some of us, there's that " Suffer the little children to come unto me". We don't interpret that as making little children suffer.



Anonymous said...

12.47 pm, 9:36 here

Hate to burst your bubble but I'm not a Democrat or a liberal.
I don't march in partisan lock step nor do I think any politician walks on water.

Would you care to explain why frightening children who don't even understand the nature of their parent's crime is of value?

And, 12:32 pm can explain why castration doesn't fit the crime but incarceration the child of a criminal is rational punishment?



Anonymous said...

Can I share with you how much I actually DESPISE this guy? It's gut wrenching to even have to see the article again. Little James would be 13 right now. This SOB robbed a family of a beautiful child.

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