Why do we stand by this absurd criminal justice system?
A housekeeper at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is facing two years in jail for allegedly stealing a bag of meatballs. Estelle Casimir, 56, who had been working for West Point’s food service company, Watson Services, for 28 years, was purportedly seen carrying the bag in an area where she doesn’t work.
Gawker pointed out on Monday that she faces the same amount of time Trent Mays was sentenced to serve after being found guilty in the Steubenville rape case.
I point out that this is two years more than the criminal bankers who ripped off billions but got a "too big to prosecute" free pass. Conservative Morality: Free Pass for Criminal Bankers, Restrictions...
Housekeeper takes meatballs: two years in jail
Bankers take multiple billions: go home
This is a core value of the US justice System.
This is the equation, both in the justice system and in religion. If you're rich, you have a near-automatic get-out-of-jail-free card, and you get the soft-pedal approach in the church of your choice. If you're poor, you get slammed by the justice system and slammed again by the guilt-mongers of the First Estate.
Why do we continue to let the guys with the bucks skate ... other than that they can spread enough bread around to insure that they DO skate?
Stealing small amounts of food should be a lesser category of stealing. Especially since there are people in this country who don't know where the next meal is coming from.
Worse yet, I've also heard of cases of small, desperate, understandable stealing being used as a "third strike" to lock someone up for a LONG time.