Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Heros - Salem Witch Hunts & Brand of Justice


Next consider the definition of hero.
he·ro
ˈhi(ə)rō/
noun
  1. 1.
    a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Lets see here. Don't we run into problems when we apply a term to a group of individuals. Didja notice the pair of officers in Green Bay were veterans? Is that anyway for our heroes to act? 'Noble Qualities'? Weren't they hammering on blacks and lesbians?

How 'bout this. Lets have heros who have earned it. Isn't that fair for real heros out there? Real honest to goodness great cops and soldiers!

These guys were off-duty and got it wrong. What happens if cops are off-duty and make a mistake that lands a kid on death row? Then what? Can it happen? We all live under a criminal justice system that booboos at times. This goes all the way back to the witch hunts in Salem. Young girls were hung by the neck because they had moles that were determined to be somehow sinister. I was touched by this. I went to Salem and was really moved by the whole experience. That feeling, angst for these girls lingers in a person and then before ya know it you're writing 'Brand of Justice'.

Flowers are left to this day by folks who figure the jury got it so wrong.

A pious man demanded the girls be hung and the court went along with it. Does that strike a nerve?

This young lady claimed she was innocent before having her neck snapped.

Rest assured, the Criminal Injustice System is alive and well. We all have cases stuck to our thoughts about how wrong this or that case was. So please. Can 'Brand of Justice' really happen? Yes-YEs-YESSSS!
 

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