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A Heinous Crime and an Issue of Social Justice
on May 26, 2008
Fortunately, the term "heinous" doesn't often come into one's descriptions of events. But this was the murder of one junior high school girl and the rape and murderous attack of a second (whom they assumed was dead), by two bad teens (15 & 16) who had terrible records. There was rape, there was sodomy, and the dead girl got her eye shot out. The perps were antisocial, entirely lacking in conscience, and the girls were just . . . little girls. The outcry over the crime was tremendous, and the author correctly makes a big deal over the arbitrary fact that that the 15-year-old got a light sentence of just three years (and an expunged criminal record) while his partner in crime got a 90-year sentence--the two being only a few months apart in age. The details of the crime were horrific and difficult to read. Once again, one wonders, how can one be human without the qualities of empathy and compassion for another? But there are those among us who have no awareness of that--and that is scary. The author concludes with a thoughtful couple of chapters on the "violent juvenile mind" and the "injustice of juvenile justice." Although now somewhat outdated, these chapters round out the book with a thoughtful review of the issues.