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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rattled

It's been a weird day. Someone I know was convicted of murder. I'm losing my faith in our justice system. The dead girl's father works for the DA's office and managed to create a case where none existed. The dead girl killed herself, and when it happened, that didn't surprise anyone, save for her parents who put her on Prozac for depression when she was 12. The dead girl was the first person I ever knew whose face really did "freeze that way," specifically in the frown that never left her. Her husband has spent the past two years in jail awaiting a "speedy trial" for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's going to spend the rest of his life in prison. I'm shaken to my core. I thought certain that this would all go away the minute it hit trial, but it didn't. They managed to paint him as a freak akin to Scott Peterson.

I shared my 21st birthday party with the dead girl. It wasn't an awesome party, and it was a weird window into her world. Later, her want of a cigarette caused a car crash that ended up sending four of my friends to the emergency room and left one with metal pins in her arm for life. I never forgave her for that. I was sad to hear a few years ago that she'd had kids, because if she could never find happiness, what misery would her children encounter? Now those kids are being raised by the same parents who screwed her up so badly. It all just makes me ill.

And now I'm trying to edit a document that has been revised and edited so many times since it was created November 2007. Once again, it's time to think about how to communicate about the migration off of our current calendar system. And I just can't quite do it justice tonight.

3 Comments:

  • Wow, on many levels. I wonder if there will be an appeal.

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 7:53 PM  

  • I'm sorry about that. I didn't know them but it seemed like a really sad situation. There are appeals. In fact, in an odd coincidence, when I had brunch at Godspeed a few weeks ago, I overheard a conversation in which someone was describing a case of someone who was in jail. After she was done, I said "excuse me are you a criminal defense lawyer" and related as much as I knew (no names), she said she only worked on appeal cases and said she would only handle it if he had been in for a year or so. So appeals do happen. Sorry I didn't actually get her contact info.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 7:53 PM  

  • Part of the reason I want so much to serve on a jury (and convince others to want to as well) is just that. We need smart, well informed juries who will rise above the petty emotional manipulations used so often in courts.

    I hope your friend appeals. It's been well established that anti-depressants have suicidal thoughts and tendencies as a serious and documented side effect.

    The problems of our justice system come down to the problems of our people, which, in turn, comes down to the problems of our education system and culture.

    By Blogger christophe, at 7:38 PM  

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