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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

two different outcomes

i don't know if you out there in the wide world have heard about the craziness that is california, but we've had a couple of really crazy, very sad things that have happened in the last couple of days.
in the first instance, a dad pulled over, jerked his two year old son out of the back, and began punching and stomping the little guy. apparently he told bystanders that he was driving out the demons. what i don't understand is what the hell the "bystanders" were doing. me, i'd be in the middle of that guy. things didn't resolve until a deputy landed in a helicopter, and told him to back off. it was reported the deputy received the middle finger from the miscreant. after flipping off the cop, he started stomping his son again. the only positive thing to this whole sad story is that the cop capped the dude. father and son were pronounced dead at the scene. sad sad sad. what in the world would be enough to trigger that kind of rage/action in a father? i've felt like taking my kid's by their heads, twisting them off and using them for bowling balls, but i certainly didn't act on the impulse.

the second is bad too, and involved a parolee who tried to escape from a cop by blazing off at 100 mph after the cop tried to pull him over for suspected drunken driving... with an infant (his) in the car. the story is jumbled, but after finally pulling the drunken parolee over, the deputy was shot once with a high power rifle, and subsequently died. the paper's report that after shooting the deputy, the creep ran off into the woods, leaving his infant in the car. in this instance, both the dad and child survived.

what is this world coming to? two very seriously bad decisions, one resulting the child's death and the other could very likely resulted in a major accident killing the infant. and who did these despicable acts? their fathers! WTF? two incidents in two days, one being Fathers Day, of all things. hell in a handbasket with bells on. that's where the world is heading.

and on a possibly related note, the San Francisco Federal Appeals Court overturned a man's death sentence (for the THIRD TIME), because they said the defense lawyer didn't present evidence that could have mitigated the dirtbag's sentence. what is it that the jury didn't hear?
Family members at the penalty phase of the trial testified that Belmontes' father was a violent alcoholic who beat his mother. But the appeals court said jurors never heard evidence of other childhood trauma and Belmontes' drug use, or of an attack of rheumatic fever at age 14 that left him with depression and a changed personality.
well excuse the fuck out of me, but who cares? was he the one that held the crowbar, the one that beat that poor 19 year old girl to death with said crowbar during the commission of a robbery? that point has been irrefutable proven. what else do they need to know? did he do it? yes. then why isn't he in the express lane to the death chamber?

point? there seems to be no real accountability in our society any more. i'm not advocating a star chamber type of justice, but there SHOULD BE JUSTICE in our society. accountability sure didn't work in any of these three cases. well, that's not true. the first "dad" paid the ultimate price, but only after he killed his own child.

i think i'll go crack a bottle of Crown Royal. it helps, but only a little.



Blogger Vigilis said...

Wonder how many billable hours his "death row" lawyers have charged the taxpayers of CA? How many years since the felon received his first death sentence?

When they lose (or in the case of the prosecutor, win), there is almost never a malpractice suit involving a lawyer.

Hmmm! MDs not only contend with innocent human errors in trying to save lives, they must often deal with the unknown (we are not all identical). Yet, doctors are sued fairly commonly compared to lawyers when the person they try to help suffers a severe setback.

Who oversees lawyers? Answer: Other Lawyers! Comforting, isn't it?

6/19/08, 3:02 AM  

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