From time to time I can’t help but expressing my political, religious and social opinions. Today, I’d like to rant about our legal system. Several months ago, Chelsea King, a San Diego 17 year old high school student, was jogging through a park and abducted, raped, and strangled to death by John Gardner, registered sex offender.
Through a plea bargain and the promise that Gardner would not get the death penalty, but instead spend the rest of his life behind bars with no possibility of parole, Gardner also admitted to raping and murdering Amber DuBois over a year ago. In 2000, Gardner was convicted of molesting a 14 year old girl, sentenced to 6 years in prison, and was released after 5 years.
In contrast to this, David Kernell, who was convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail during the time she was a vice-presidential candidate, was convicted and faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
So, let me get this straight. A sick, twisted scum-bag molests a 14 year old girl, is sentenced to 6 years in prison and released after 5 years, and a guy who hacks into Palin’s e-mail is facing 20 years in prison?! Am I missing something here?
Seems to me that Gardner should have gotten 20 years for molesting the 14 year old girl and Kernell should be facing 6 years in prison, no? I think they got it backwards. This is merely another example that illustrates how twisted our legal system is. It also points out that rank has its privileges. If David Kernell would have hacked into John Doe’s e-mail, do you really believe he’d be facing 20 years in prison?
And more important than Kernell’s fate is the leniency of our courts when sentencing a sex offender. We need a dramatic overhaul of our system. Gardner shouldn’t have been walking the streets. And this may sound barbaric or uncivilized but I hope and pray that when Gardner goes to prison he fears for his life every minute of every day. Because even hardened criminals have a code of ethics, and they have little tolerance for monsters like Gardner. I hope he gets what he deserves: a pine box preceded by lots of pain.