Monday, February 20, 2012

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -- Martin Luther King Jr.


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"Better a thousand guilty men go free than one innocent be imprisoned." -- loosely attributed to Maimonides

1 comment:

- Jerry Solfanelli - said...

Subsequent to President Obama's recent statements about the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, this sad story has gained even more of a national spotlight over the potential
injustices within our country's legal system. At issue is Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. It is my understanding that 31 states, including Pennsylvania, have some form of this legislation.

Do not find false security within this law. Last year for example, a lesser known Florida case was prominently featured in the Washington Times. Similar to the Martin case, the apparent perpetrator did not get arrested. On the contrary, the 53 year-old victim was given a mandatory 20 year sentence for protecting his family. According to the newspaper report, Mr. Orville Wollard fired a warning shot into the wall of his own home. Nobody was injured or hit. He had no prior criminal history. The gun was legally registered in his name. At the time of the sentencing, Judge Donald Jacobsen even lamented the fact that he was bound by the mandatory minimum, suggesting that the sentence was “obviously excessive,” because vital mitigating circumstances were not allowed to be considered as part of his sentencing.

Before allegedly killing him, George Zimmerman purportedly ran after Trayvon Martin, yet he is still not criminally charged. Orville Wollard killed nobody and is now finishing the fourth year of his 20 year sentence. Where is the justice?