Thanks to all for supporting my column, it's hard to believe 14 months have gone by so quickly. Rarely in life have I had a job that seemed so effortless. This was not the case this past column as I found myself distracted by our communityís reaction to the murder of Lucinda Knoll.
I had intended to write this column to be printed this past Thursday, but when I explained the premise of the column, many believed it wouldn't be used. With a basis of private justice, controversial would likely be an understatement in describing my thoughts.
The common opinion seen online is that our community fears the murderer could use tricks of law to sidestep the punishment he deserves. Unfortunately, even if a judge or jury would wish to deal out the harshest of punishment, they are bound by the law that exists at that time. It's no secret that the law fails to properly punish criminals on a regular basis.
When a rapist, child molester or murdeerr is allowed to live only to be later released into our community, we have the right to be enraged. It only takes a few minutes online to find stories of local criminals that were either released only to offend again,or were not given the time they deserved for the crime that they had committed. It has also been observed that those with local power, those that can afford a good lawyer, and those in law enforcement, tend to get much more watered-down sentences than the common man. The common man wishes to see equal time for equal crime, which isn't what tends to happen. This highlights an unjust and flawed system, which can lead to people seeking true justice on their own.