This last week was another week for gross social injustice.
As it has now been widely reported, a wealthy drunken teen stole 2 cases of beer and then plowed into a stranded motorist and 3 bystanders who were trying to help–and killed them all.
The teen was 3x over the alcohol limit!
What an irony: 3 people stop to help a stranger in need and they are killed by someone who cares nothing for human life.
And the flagrant injustice of it all is that the kid was let off on 5 years probation and will attend a $450,000 a year private school rather than going to prison.
On the news this week, they interviewed the husband and father of 2 of the dead, killed by this teen. He is broken.
The defense teen argued “Affluenza” — like a disease, the kid should be let off the hook because…he is unbelievably wealthy and therefore was not given proper parental supervision–in effect, he is a victim of having too much–too many things, too much opportunity, but too little parenting as well.
I guess I never realized that justice meant if you had too much you could murder 4 people and walk!
While others that have too little–education, jobs, money, 2-parent families, and so on–must take the rap and go away for their crimes.
Too much–you can buy your way free.
Too little–you get sent up the river without a paddle.
Wouldn’t you think it should be the other way around–if you have more, then more is expected of you. While if you have less, your challenges are greater and so we take into account extenuating circumstances?
But no, money talks, and the guilty walks.
It is a shame on our society–and what we inappropriately call a justice system.
Whether the money buys you a top-rated defense attorney, paying off some officials or jurors, or provide alternatives to the the same punishment and rehabilitation that others must face, there is no denying that money influences the outcome.
Sort of reminds me of the infamous O.J. trial–another travesty of justice. How many more?
Funny, how art imitates life and life imitates art–in Season 2 of Homeland, the son of the V.P. drinks and drives and also kills someone and gets off with nothing but a slap on the wrist.
You see it’s not whether you’re black or white or yellow or whatever, it’s plain hard !!power!! and $$cash$$.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)