I don't think my views are contradictory. Serious crimes require a punitive sentence. I made the point that sometimes what makes a crime serious or not can be a matter of chance. That's a fact of life. Example. Someone may be in the habit of texting while driving. They might do that for years and cause no problem at all. But if one day they run over a chap crossing the road, they should spend time in jail for it. The boy got drunk and was responsible for deaths. He should go to prison. If the PA's have stolen money from an employer, they need to go to prison. The latter case isn't finished yet, so we need to wait and see what happens. Added later. I see that the PA's were found innocent.