Tuesday, December 13, 2011

PETIT COURT JURY DUTY TODAY: An American Privilege and Safe Guard!


SUMMIT COUNTY COURT HOUSE, AKRON, OHIO

I am serving Jury Duty on a complicated murder case in the Summit County Court House.  The jury pool I was in waited for nearly four hours in the Jury Waiting Room.  From time-to-time we were allowed rest room or coffee breaks.  Otherwise, it was sit in the same chair and read my Kindle.

Around noon, the judge summomed us to his court to inform us that, while we were a jury in "waiting", the case had been resolved with a guilty plea.  The defendent today received 15 to life.  I would like to say that he will not be bothering anyone else anyway soon, but I know better.

The judge informed us that while we were a "Jury-in-Waiting", the case had been resolved with a plea bargain and a guilty plea.  He explained that in robbing a pot dealer, one of two young men had shot the dealer. Although the victim's blood and gun shot residue was on today's defendent, the other man had done the actual shooting.

The judge, the prosecuter and the defendent's lawyer all explained to the jury that this man would not again be a threat to society for a very long time.

  
I AM NOT AT ALL SURE THAT THIS WILL BE THE CASE!

My two sons and I were victims in a similiar circumstance, except that we were not pot dealers.  The two young men trashed our large, historic home and severely abused me.  One guy, a real bad egg with six pages of convictions from California and North Carolina, kept cocking a single barrel shotgun and hitting me in the head with it in an attempt to make the gun fire.  The sort of thing that gets your absolute attention, to say the least! 

Long story, short, God was merciful and I managed to overcome these truly bad guys.  They also did a plea bargain.  They got twenty years, without parole in the state prison in Mansfield, Ohio.  The judge assured me these people would be gone for the entire 20 years.  The local police chief, whom I knew quite well, assured me that should anything change regarding these two men in prison, he would be informed and he would keep me posted.  They had made serious death threats against me and mine for "getting them in trouble", if you can believe.
STATE PRISON, MANSFIELD OHIO

Would you believe, a short, 30 days after we were assured of our long term safety from these truly bad people, there was a knock on my door by officials wanting to know if I'd be opposed to these two being released from prison on a new "Shock Treatment" program.  The one young man was a local with a clean record but the other man was a real bad apple with, as I said above, six pages of convictions from California and North Carolina.  I DON'T THINK I HAVE TO TELL YOU MY ANSWER?"

Five years later, I read in the paper where the local man had been released recently and had been found dead, hanging from a tree on I77 near Columbus, Ohio.  I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE WHATSOEVER THAT, WHILE THE MAN THEY SHOT WILL BE DEAD FOREVER, THIS MAN WILL EVER DO 15 YEARS IN PRISON!

We are doing something drastically wrong in this country.  While we have only 5% of the world's population, we have 25% of those incarcerated in prison.  The recidivism rate is about 53%, over half continue in crime and go back to prison.  Read my blog "I'M IN THE JAIL HOUSE, NOW" published November 28, 2011.  Punishment of today is not a deterrent, actually being in jail is an improved life style for many.



When I was a child, I knew my families rules.  They were ridgid.  I still say "Yes Mam" or "No Mam".  Unfailingly, I stand to shake hands looking the other person in the eye.  Like my father before me and his father before him, violation of a family rule resulted in harsh punishment, not soon forgotten.  (I felt the need to apologize to my oldest son for the harshness of his punishment).


My three children are model citizens, great educations, professionals married to professionals, parents and grandparents.  Along with punishment for wrong, correct behavior was reinforced with constant love and devotion.  They had and have great lives.

  TODAY, WE ARE A LARGE FAMILY AND NOT A ROTTEN APPLE IN THE BUNCH! 

 WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHT ON THIS PROBLEM IN AMERICA?
Your opinion counts, you know, if you vote!
(I'd love to hear your answer or comment)

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

OH YES, I NEARLY FORGOT!
THIS WAS MY FIRST TRIP THROUGH A METAL DETECTOR
WITH MY NEW METAL HIP
DID I EVER LIGHT UP THE FEDERAL BUILDING!
Of course, I had a card comfirming my replaced hip story.
Push come to shove, I could have shown them the long scar, un huh!
Like the Boy Scouts, BE PREPARED.



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