Justice Has Pink Eye
December 1, 2005
Whoever believes the idiom that Justice is Blind is an idiot. A great hope, and myth, is that American justice is unbiased; that people are judged by strict application of the law and not by social-economic status, gender, religion, race or physical attractiveness. If you want to buy this belief...I’ll throw in the Brooklyn Bridge.
The liberal take on this, straight from their original transcript of the Ossian poems, would have you believe that white males are the privileged class held beyond the full reach of the law. You know...the Frank Solich’s and Anthony Chaplinsky’s of this world get away with everything. It’s the Victor Diaz’s and Debra Lafave’s that are held accountable. The “somebodies” get a pass and the “nobodies” get the book thrown at them.
As I said, the liberal version of blind justice is an Ossian poem. It is: pretty; captivating; melodic and a big lie.
In the twisted logic of today’s PC world, it is precisely the “nobodies” for whom justice discriminates. Reverse judicial discrimination is practiced on the “somebodies”. Contrary to popular myth, the “somebodies” are prosecuted to the limits of the law by vengefully populist media witch hunts while the “nobodies” fly under the media’s radar screen of “thorough investigation”.
Ohio University coach Frank Solich was charged with driving under the influence after police found him passed out and slumped over his car’s steering wheel. Solich, after pleading “no contest” to the charge, was fined $250 and had his license suspended for 180 days. It is reported that after a temporary suspension from his job, Solich will be returned to his coaching position. To this, the Cincinnati Enquirer queries, Solich contrite ... but is that enough? I guess they were hoping for a bit more blood.
Alternatively, the Hartford Courant decided to lead with A Trooper's Troubles Undid His Early Success in response to the murder/suicide committed by deceased Connecticut State Trooper Victor Diaz. On November 21, Diaz, who was facing arrest for illegal use of the databases, entered his former girlfriend’s house and killed himself after shooting her execution style.
This past March, Diaz was stopped by Cromwell CT police for DUI and “other offenses”. Police videotaped the arrest which shows Diaz assaulting the arresting officers and making threatening comments. This resulted in a 60-day work suspension for Diaz although it is not clear if his gun was confiscated.
Diaz never received a sentence for his DUI charge because “some key paperwork sent to the state Department of Motor Vehicles was lost...he did not lose his license because of the missing paperwork”. One might reasonably ask how, when a State Trooper is up for a hearing, his “paperwork” gets “lost”. But the Hartford Courant mentioned this one time and let it drop. Perhaps the Courant should hire Mary Mapes to find that “paperwork”.
Then there is the case of ex-Connecticut teacher Anthony Chaplinsky. Chaplinsky, a 29 year old former Southington (CT) High School teacher, was sentenced to three years in prison for having sex with a 15 year old girl who admitted to seducing men over the Internet. The girl was not one of Chaplinsky’s students and she never attended Southington High School. She just solicited him over the internet and he got 3 years in the slammer.
This is in sharp contrast to former Florida teacher Debra Lafave. Lafave, 25, was charged with having sex with a 14 year old male student. Well...having sex really means multiple sexual acts “in a classroom at the Greco school, located in Temple Terrace near Tampa, in her Riverview town house and once in a vehicle while his 15-year-old cousin drove them around Marion County”. Lafave will serve three years of house arrest and seven years' probation.
Unlike the solicited Chaplinsky who was as much prey as predator, newlywed Lafave seduced her student by telling “him her marriage was in trouble and that she was aroused by the fact that having sex with him was not allowed”. And unlike Chaplinsky, Lafave was too pretty for prison...at least according to her lawyer John Fitzgibbons.
It seems that Fitzgibbons sold (and the court bought) the idea that “To place an attractive young woman into that kind of hellhole is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions. I am not sure that Debbie would be able to survive”. Is this supposed to be in contrast to putting a 14 year old male “piece of raw meat” in with the vixenish blonde nympho Lafave?
It’s just ludicrous how there are two systems of popular justice in this country: Karl Rove who has been accused of nothing is castigated by the media and Crips street gang founder Tookie Williams who heinously murdered four people is a “victim”.
The handmaiden of liberal American justice is akin to affirmative action. Statutory rape is only rape when an adult male engages in a sexual tryst with a female. An adult female raping a male minor is a fantasy fulfillment for both. Which eye is Lady Justice peeking out from under the blindfold with?
Perhaps the statues of Lady Justice adorning courts throughout this country should be replaced with murals of a goose and a gander because if justice was truly blind...what would be good for one would be good for the other. A justice system with conjunctivitis serves more to divide rather than unite.