I hate to see a man cry. I recently read about a man who had been wrongly convicted, and then acquitted of a crime for which he had spent several years of his life in prison. A picture of him crying in the court room was displayed in the news article about these events in his life. As I looked at his picture, I recognized the look on this man’s face. His face revealed the pain of his wrenched heart. Today as I read about his story, I realize that these types of injustices happen all too often in the flawed judicial system of our day.
This man was unjustly convicted of manslaughter and robbery charges, and served nine years in a penitentiary until he was paroled in 1993. He has been awaiting his acquittal hearing since his release. Can you imagine the additional hardship he has endured these past sixteen years after his parole – after his life had been permanently ruined? On October 14th, 2009 he was acquitted of all accusations raised against him. Let’s see…..25 years removed from his life all due to dishonesty and injustice, and all in the name of the greater social good. The face of pain and suffering – it is hard to endure!
On October 14th, 2009 a Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney in Kentucky said that this man was innocent of the slaying of a convenience store clerk, and that it was DNA evidence that had led to his acquittal. Additionally, two eye witnesses had also come forward in the acquittal hearing. He had served nine years! I just cannot believe that we allow this type of thing to go on! Why didn’t these witnesses come forward earlier? This man – I am so hurt by the pain he has endured.
I know of another situation where a twelve year old girl was taken by a man and held against her will for four years. During this time she was used as a sex slave, and as a bonus incentive to entice other drug traffickers into the national drug distribution ring her captor was involved with. The FBI was aware that this girl had been taken but they did not come to her aide until after four years had passed. Later she was told that they could not do anything for her during those years because they needed time so that they could acquire the evidence they needed in order to build their case against the drug ring. This 12 year old girl endured four years of captivity and pain just as the man above and all do to injustices in our legal system which are, quote, “working for the greater social good.” How many lives will be ruined all in the name of the greater social good?
I am still in touch with this girl, now a mature woman. She is one of the kindest persons I have ever met; and her ability to love exceeds any I have ever seen in my life. I guess when people’s lives are ruined by the authority of injustice in our legal system; the only thing left to cling to amidst the hopelessness is the love of and from a higher plane. At least that is what she tells me. She also says on that higher plane; and in a better time, there will be no more injustice waged on mankind all in the name of the social good due to the dishonest legalities of hypocrisy. The only authority ever present in that time will be the standing authority of love in harmony with life.
I don’t know if I will ever be able to understand how she can love in the face of such suffering. And when I tell her that she simply says, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!” Perhaps the things we feel are too difficult in our lives, really are not that bad after all….Let’s not sweat the small stuff; but; PLEASE, as a Nation and as a People, let’s not allow the corruption of legal injustice to ruin our precious lives in the name of a greater social good. We Must Stand Together in Love if We Want to End Hate and the Injustices of our current judicial system’s misrepresentation of our rights! And we must do this for the REAL SOCIAL GOOD, which is our Freedom and Civil Liberties as Americans.
The Undefeated Life