Category Archives: Crime

Crime – does pay

While in probation for possessing heroin, meaning he couldn’t have heroin in his possession, the man was arrested for possessing it.  He died two days later in the County jail.

His parents promptly sued the county of San Diego for “wrongful death and cruel and unusual punishment.”  The jury sympathized and rewarded them a $3 million settlement.  They based their reasoning on 1) a denial of his civil rights; 2) the testimony of a forensic pathologist who said he died from an asthma attack caused by withdrawal; 3) their determination that the jail staff used improper procedures, including inadequate supervision, for a detoxing-inmate.

Let’s see if we understand this.  The man had been jailed at other times on drug charges.  Both his addiction and medical condition were documented, including his previous withdrawal procedures.  When symptoms of withdrawal occurred, he requested help.  The staff gave him a different anti-nausea medication because he didn’t want the prescription previously given for asthma.  They also provided an emergency inhaler.  Still, he died.

The lawyer representing the family assured the reporter that “more than anything,” the family wanted the litigation to bring “change” in police procedures for such inmates.  Since he stressed “principle” more than anything, did the lawyer forego his 30%, or whatever percentage he gets, from the $3 million?  Union-Tribune, 11/11/15

Crime does pay if you have the gall to sue the police, the courts, the doctors—anybody but yourself or the person guilty when drug or alcohol addition kills unexpectedly.

Lawyers, in the wake of the disastrous decision to let them advertise, must MAKE work.  More than enough opportunities exist for them to use their education.

Think, however:  why should those parents be rewarded for not putting their wayward boy in recovery programs earlier?  Or why should that recidivist be the cause of rewarding vast sums because he wouldn’t commit himself to a recovery program?  Or wouldn’t take the usual medication offered in jail?

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Crime – Vengeance and Punishment

In November, 2014, three High School students streaked a football game at half-time.  The Principal suspended them for three days.  Five hundred students signed a petition protesting the decision.  Their parents joined the protest.  “The punishment didn’t suit the crime,” they said.

O.K.  What punishment did they think would be?  NO Punishment!

In January, 2015, a lady received a year of home detention and a five year probation.  But read on to find what crime she committed.  She had bid on a dream home only to find another couple outbid her.

Any of us would be disappointed in that situation.  This lady went way past disappointment into a hate campaign against the “offending” couple.  Among her acts of vengeance:  putting a stop on their mail; sending Valentine cards from the man to neighborhood women; advertising their home for sale.  Then…in a fit of rage, she posted On Line ads in the wife’s name asking men to come to her house while the husband was gone so they could rape her.  One man did come, and was kept out of the house only by a locked gate.

A year of home detention for all that?  How easily hard feelings can escalate into cruel wickedness.  Giving us an appreciation of God’s law of retribution “eye for eye.”  But not “two eyes for an eye, or two eyes plus a leg for an eye.”  It’s as hard for vengeance to be just as it is easy for it to be uncontrolled.

The lady apologized, assuring the public that she “wasn’t that kind of person.”  But it was she, so she was that kind of person!  If she hadn’t held a grudge simply because she didn’t get the house, none of her baleful activities would have resulted.

The next time we feel the need to get even with someone, let us hark back to this story.  We never know, once surrendering to the need for vengeance, where it will lead.