I've said it before(and I doubtless will say it again, because it is true), but if ever seriously risk going to jail, I hope the American legal system is the one I am being tried in. The very traits that require to me to admit that basic truth also frustrate the hell out of me in 'clear-cut' cases.
Two recent stories underscore the difference between our legal system and the way justice is carried out other places.
First, we have rapid and messy justice out of rural Bolivia:
Bolivian villagers punish rapist and murderer by throwing him into his victim's grave and burying him alive
Then to compare, we have what I'm sure will prove to be slow, plodding ultimately unsatisfying justice not half a mile from my house in Richland.
Richland man arrested, charged with homicide in baby's death
So...on one side of the scales of justice we have rural Bolivia, where a 17-year old suspected rapist and murdered is tied up, and buried alive in the same grave where his victim was being buried. Very poetic vigilante justice.
On the other side we have a 36-year old who 'allegedly' molested(the story was updated from the original due to complaints over terms like 'vaginal bruising') and killed a 9-month old left in his care. He then headed for the hills before being tracked down. He has been charged with manslaughter, meaning what...5-8 years maybe?
I'm not saying mob violence, and burying 17-year old kids alive is the way to solve our problems...but as a father, there has to be some middle ground between burying people alive and waiting 2 years to sentence an 'alleged' molester and killer who tried running for the Mexico border.
Sometimes, waiting on karma is tough.