Monday, May 08, 2006

American Justice

A man inadvertently started a fire in a nightclub which resulted in the loss of 100 lives. He agreed to plead guilty to 100 counts of manslaughter in the first degree on the condition that he be given a maximum of 15 years (10 years of actual prison time & 5 years probation).
Granted, he is extremely remorseful but I am thinking that one life has more value than that...much less 100 lives. What do you think?


At 4:47 AM, Blogger Wystful1 said...

Who really knows what is behind the face?--the mind? Granted, I'm not up with the whole story, but it seems that 10 years prison time doesn't say 'justice' behind it all. I really just can't say because I haven't followed the whole story from day one.

I have to say if any of my family were part of the ones injured or killed by the negligence/arson?---I would probably be angry and feel that it isn't fair. But taking a life for another is a whole different story...I just don't know in this case.

GREAT blog entry Chi, it really makes one think hard at all this, doesn't it?

At 5:30 AM, Blogger Chi said...

I know prison life is hard (from seeing shows...not from personal experience) and understand that it would not be a pleasant experience but I have listened to the families speak about their loved ones and it is losing a mere 10 years is not nearly as bad as that.

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Cin said...

Is this the fire in the nightclub in Rhode Island? The man didn't do it on purpose; he was a member of the band and didn't know that when he set off the fireworks inside of the club that there were code problems with the walls and that the owners knew that the walls were flammable and that the fire inspector was supposed to have done something about the problems they found too. The whole thing is so very, very sad, all of those people who lost their lives. Yesterday, when the judge sentenced the man, he said something like the biggest punishment the man will have is knowing everyday that he caused all of these deaths. So he's being punished for not checking on the permit he was supposed to make sure the club had. Who can really say what justice is in this case?


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