Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor
It has been said that in order for justice to be fair she must be blind. This has never been truer.
Consider for a moment that a young woman is murdered and potentially raped by a young man who tries to cover it up with his friend’s help. This young man is then convicted of her murder but not rape. He is sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Consider also that a man goes and pirates movies, music, TV shows and other pieces of entertainment. He makes millions of dollars from his piracy by sharing his collection with others throughout the world. This man is sentenced to 50 years in prison for his crime.
Who would imagine that acts of piracy would outweigh an act of murder? For 17-year-old Marta de Castillo, who was murdered in 2009, the sad reality is that her self-confessed killer, now 21-year-old Miguel Carcano, will spend a mere 20 years in prison for her murder.
While this is not a U.S. case, it is still a devastating truth when one considers that German native Kim Schmitz, who legally changed his name to Kim Dotcom in 2005, will receive 50 years after having been tried and found guilty of digital piracy against U.S. corporations.
Justice is truly blind if such crimes are weighed based on monetary gains and losses. As individuals we each have an identity that, while similar to others, is unique to ourselves.
Being sent to prison is supposed to illicit a sense of fear of retribution for crimes against fellow beings, yet the stealing of a life is taken for granted when compared to the theft of material monetary gains and losses that have a split second shelf life.
Money passes between people’s hands so quickly and frequently that a dollar given in one state today can pass through someone else’s hands in another state tomorrow.
Every day acts of violence occur; every day someone is stealing something from someone else. If these scales remain unbalanced with the theft of monetary possessions or ideas outweighing the theft of a life, where will humanity be left in the future?
A world where people turn their backs on their fellow humans is an act of grave injustice that dooms the future of humanity.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi