This Is Justice?

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Editor:

I have always felt that our legal justice system, though not perfect, was there to protect all people. The guilty or not guilty, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, male or female, no matter what race, creed or religion we are.

At least that is what I thought.

My son committed a crime. He went through our so-called judicial system. No, he is not rich, not highly educated, his family members have no money and his family hasn't lived in this area for generations. He doesn't own his own business, but by his own doings he did get involved in the drug world and committed a crime. He went to court, pleaded to a lesser crime (all with a public defender).

Did he deserve to be punished according to our laws? Yes. But where I feel the injustice is, is where one person who commits a drug felony gets eight-and-a-half years and another person who commits manslaughter gets a 12-month sentence (with work furlough) and is allowed to be released seven months early.

How can this happen? Is it who you know or what you know? Is it how much money you have? Or is it because your family donates to charities and owns their own business that allows you to have such a lenient sentence?

If this is how our system works, then I am ashamed of all who are involved. I believe that once you make your bed, you must lie in it, but I wonder how some of these people can sleep in those beds.

Pat Colbert

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