The juxtaposition of two articles (TNT, 9-4) illustrates the irony of our current “justice” system and emphasizes the inequalities of it.
Sean Robinson writes of a man abusing two children and getting 22 years in prison for his “very disturbing, unimaginable” actions and behavior. And rightly so, since this is a pattern of horrible behavior and terrible consequences.
Just below that article is Steve Maynard’s, in which a man is accused of killing two teenagers; he likely will get seven years in prison for his actions and behavior. This is also a pattern of horrible behavior and terrible consequences. According to the writer this is the man’s third incident of “driving under the influence.” This should be his third strike.
Yes, the two young children will have lasting scars for the rest of their lives, but they have the rest of their lives; the two dead teenagers will not. The taking of life, and especially the taking of two lives, should matter more than seven measly years. It was a direct result of his choices and actions – both the drinking and the driving.
As the judge stated to the first offender, he had “demons far beyond his control.” It is also obvious that the second offender has demons beyond his control. They both should be put away for many years in order to safeguard society from their behaviors and terrible consequences.