By Will Myers
America’s justice system has become as ragged as a barrel of sour kraut. There is no uniformity, and this is required for fairness in our justice system. If it is just for one murderer to be sentence to life in prison than it must be the same sentence for all murderers. The punishments for any offense should be the same across America instead of being outrageously different. One might immediately think that mitigating circumstances caused the sentences to vary. Bull crap! In many cases mitigating circumstances were ignored or interpreted adversely only.
The long established law from the King’s Law from England that anyone who brings a gun to a fist fight should expect second degree murder charges. In the Treyvon Martin case who was without a weapon was shot and killed by his opponent who felt that he was losing the street fight. Five ignoramus jurors applying the new “stand your ground law” actually set a precedent that if getting whooped in a fist fight you can pull your gun and kill your opponent. This is outrageous into the sublime. The frightening thing is that the precedence still remain without any out cry of injustice. Another aspect in applying the “stand your ground law” was that Zimmerman, the shooter, was on public grounds, and was the antagonizer and instigator; Zimmerman was told by the authorities not to pursue Martin. Who had rights to the ground? Heaven help us all.
Applying the same “stand your ground law”, a women was sentenced to life for shooting her estranged husband who was very abusive to her, and had a long history of badly abusing her, the wife. The wife was in her house, her ground; was being attacked; feared for her life; was not the aggressive one, but was in retreat. Again shattering our justice and fairness concept into a thousand pieces again! She was found guilty of murder, and sentence to 30 years. God help us!
A neighbor was sentence to life without parole for having marijuana and cocaine residue even without any violence recorded in his past. Kevin Martin’s police record did show a few small felonies that are occurring in most neighborhoods in America, but no violence. This is the same sentence as given to most mass killers and serial killers. Is this just or does it have any sense of fairness? Jesus help us for you are called Justice.
Statistics from the issued punishments shows that norm deviance of the punishments approaches 95%. In other words, defendants with money are almost assured that they can buy their way out of punishment or be given a mild punishment as related to their crime, and defendants without money can expect a very harsh punishment, exceeding the punishments of over half the defendants who have offensives greater than the offender who is being sentenced.
The American justice system is approaching that of a Kangaroo Court if one considers the policing favoritism, the indictments with inherited prejudices, the jurors with inherited prejudices, and the 95% norm deviance among the sentences (determined by money). The norm deviance of 95% mean that there is virtually no uniformity which is a demand for one to have justice and fairness.