We are all equal-at least in theory. It seems, however, that some offenders have it easier than some others.
In a society that claims to defend justice, democracy and equal human rights, it is kinda shocking to see people like Paris Hilton walk free from jail after three days with a $ 20 000 fine. It looks like there seem to be double justice standards, whether you are rich and famous, or not.
While considering the wisdom of the Latin proverb Â« Summa jus, summa injuriaÂ Â» ( too much justice can be a great injustice), we should also take into account that a crime is a crime, regardless of who committed it, and there should be no favor treatment as far as I am concerned.
Double standards already exist in terms of race. Many people in America happen to be judged more severely when carrying the wrong skin color.
When somebody is breaking the law, the same punishment should apply for the same type of crime.
If any celebrity commits a crime tomorrow, I see no logical reason why he/she should benefit more from the Court s clemency than the nobody from the street committing a similar crime.
Although some star struck people would dangerously take sides in favor of their lawbreaking idols, I do consider that we should IN NO WAY encourage such behaviors.
Money gives famous people the illusion that they are untouchable. Unfortunately, some judges way of ruling their Court cases will reinforce this illusion.
While it is true that the same justice should prevail for all of us as well as the sun shines for good and evil, poor and rich, we all know that some people have it real easy in front of the justice s eye.
But isn’t that notion of equality and justice the biggest illusion in this world?
Money will buy you the best lawyers. Money will allow child molesters and criminals to walk free from Court without the slightest remorse.
It is so much scandalous to see arrogant wealthy people escape from their sentence, because of their social status.
Shouldn’t millionaire Alberto Igaza judged as severely as a poor man (doing the same crazy thing) for murdering his 2 year old daughter?
Money is a useful tool that can buy you loads of things and even free you from jail and other very difficult situations, but I don’t think it will ever buy you happiness.
Talking about Alberto Igaza, who would be convinced, despite the numerous press reports describing his apparent happiness, that a man murdering his own two year old baby was totally content with his life?
You can always plead temporary craziness, stress and exceptional circumstances: a crime remains a crime and should deserve an exemplary punishment. No extra treatment, no special favor for the rich. One law, one justice and, preferably, the same non discriminatory law for all of us!
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