Is Lady Justice really blind?
Something that really bothers me has to be spoken of. The other day I read about a 67-year-old man who was being charged with serial child molestation. Mr. Leinweber was sentenced with a 100,000-dollar bond with a 5-year sentence (Zambo 01-01). WHAT!!!! Lets try it again, 5 year sentence. Nope, still sounds ridiculous.
Lets think back a couple of months ago were a young 26-year-old by the name of Aaron Schwartz was being charged with downloading and distributing copywriten material. Aaron Schwartz was facing 30 to 50 years for his acquisitions (Smith 01-01)!
In comparison, are these charges weighed correctly?
I believe the reason for harsh punishment lies within the prosecuting lawyers that are involved. When you mess with corporate lawyers, you will pay dearly. I was involved in an incident when I was a young boy that involved a school riot. While some people flipped cars and burned couches, the boy who broke the plastic cover of a soda machine (not naming the company) was charged the heaviest. When I say the heaviest, I mean 10 times more than damage that resulted in $50,000. Don’t mess with corporations!!!!
Do you guys think this is fair?
Smith, Gerry. “Were The Charges Against Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Too Severe?” Huffington Post [Chicago] 13 Jan. 2013: 1. Online.
Zambo, Kristen. “Jury convicts Mount Pleasant man in child sex assault case.” The Journal Times [Racine] 1 Feb. 2013: 1. Online.