By Rev. Harold E. Bailey
President of Probation Challenge
While youth across these Not-so-United-States, are serving numerous years in prison for the possession of marijuana, another judge once sat on the bench mocking true justice while he sought to sell youth for money.Â This today’s judicial action was once ‘historically called’ slavery.
Former Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr., once a prominent 61-year-old Pennsylvania judge, was recently tried and sentenced to 29-years in prison by a federal court. He was convicted of racketeering charges and taking 1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that was labeled as â€œKids-for-Cashâ€.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was said to have tossed about 4, 000 convictions issued by Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008, stating he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles, including their right to legal counsel and the rights to intelligently enter a plea.
Apparently judges should be more sensitive in their sentencing, in that cases concerning youth and adults have been tossed out because of DNA. This means that something went wrong! It also indicates that there were perhaps mistakes, or other unlawful errors overlooked…Â Many persons in Illinois and elsewhere were sentenced to death but as the results of DNA, they are now free!
Many youth today continue their vocal-cryâ€™s of ‘foul-play’ as it relates to murder, drugs and other violent matters. Often these critical matters fall on death ears.
Again, pleas for re-hearings are not recent, but go back to the Illinois C-number inmates, who were sentenced and convicted before 1978. This body of inmates didnâ€™t have such great defense nor consideration of the wonderful DNA! Â A f air justice system would certainly want to now consider re-hearing these lingering C-number cases along with recent medical discoveries!Â C-number cases should all be heard with fairness coupled with recent updated medical attention.
The U.S. Justice System should take a long hard look at the bowels of their operation and thusly establish an honest independent panel of fair-minded citizens to re-construct what can be considered an honorable criminal-justice!
As long as humans are employees of the justice system, be it law-enforcement or those adoring black robes, some will always serve in the pretense of true justice…Â As long as there are men, and there are women, Satan will always seek an opportunity to rob, steal and virtually kill people, but by-large African Americans and Hispanics. This thing of separation by color is contributed by those who traveled an hour before others to the shores of this country â€¦ and falsely believe that a certain body of people has entitlement to a thing called: Freedom, Money and Land more than others.
Recent acts of overt disrespect relating to humans against other humans appear to be prevalent in such states as: Maryland, Carolina, Georgia, New York and blatantly in Chicago, Illinois. As the result of such sickness, blacks have become the by- large complexion of jail and state prisons. Without Blacks and Hispanics, the prison system would fall to its very knees. The Illinois State jails and prisons have had no shame in their game… in that they have done little to reconstruct or re-disposition their polices.
While we point fingers at demons from the pits of hell who have charged our youth and elders alike, we should also watch with a jaundice eye â€“ those sitting in the high seats of authority in Congress, who are carving examples for youth. They are in fact telling them by their examples what the needs are in the United States… total havoc against Blacks and Hispanics, but be careful not to mix in others. This is considered a miscarriage of justice!
Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr., after misrepresentation of thousands of other fair-minded judges, offered no remorse for his actions, but had his attorneys to ask for what was called a â€œreasonableâ€ sentence in court papers, saying, in effect, that the judge has already been punished enough. Such a despicable request on paper is certainly a bad joke on all the justice system, and especially after youth have had their very lives threatened for life. How dare a man who once sat in justice over the lives of those who could not defend themselves consider such an arrogant request… or, perhaps it is the way that some daily conduct business over the lives of those they consider beneath them.
Had there not been the intervening of God who sits high and looks awful low to see the mad-acts perpetrated by man… where would these youth be. I advise all of us not to dismiss this as if it could not â€“ or would not happen to any of us… but rather perhaps we are merely a step away.
Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge
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