In the court of public opinion, the U.S. justice system is on trial. The prosecution, the media and the American public, the defense, the status quos and the system, the accused, the delicate balance of the scales of justice.
It seemed the Paris Hilton incarceration was, much to do about nothing. Heiress goes to jail, gets sprung from jail, and gets thrown back in jail. Happens every day, right? Wrong, This tempest in a teapot has begged the bigger question. Is American justice blind to all but the rich and privileged? Some say yes.
It seems the American public has always taken for granted that, the rich get off, the poor do the time. It's never been questioned before, it just is.
Al Sharpton has had meetings with Sheriff Lee Baca. Baca has defended his actions, releasing Hilton early citing 500 prisoners released with ankle bracelets. Al Sharpton is not convinced.
Gloria Alred is defending a woman that is ex-military, mistakenly incarcerated for three weeks. She had a prosthetic leg, hers being lost in Iraq, that was taken away from her, she had to crawl around on the floor of the Twin Towers Detention Center during her stay. She's black and poor. Alred said, "this case was already in process and will continue despite the Paris Hilton, hullaballou.
Al Sharpton was quoted as saying, God has a sence of humor and the Paris Hilton case is proof of that.
Where's everyone been, is this a surprise, the rich get off, the poor get the time. Duh!
From the desk of
Buck E Filbert