I’ve seen judicial injustice in my life and it always gets me angry when I see guilty people basically walk free while others get stiff sentences and even innocent people end up in prison.
I know of a case years ago, where a young man drove his motorcycle to his girlfriend’s house to pick her up and bring her back to his, less than a mile away, to have dinner with family. This was a regular practice, until one fateful day, he hit a small pothole in the road and his girlfriend fell off the back of his motorcycle. When she landed on the hard dirt road, the back of her head hit the road hard enough to kill her.
Both families were devastated as the couple were engaged and planning their wedding a couple of months down the road. Witnesses said it was a freak accident. The girl’s family said it was an accident, but the state prosecuted him and sent him to prison, further ruining his already devastated life.
In another incident, a physician was driving drunk, speeding and ran a red light. He hit a car containing three teenagers. The impact was so severe that it wrapped the kid’s car, a 1969 Oldsmobile Tornado, around the pole for the traffic signal, sheering the pole from its base, but it remained standing because the car was completely wrapped around it. One of the teenaged boys was killed instantly. The second died a couple hours later and the third died two days later. The doctor ended up paying $150 in traffic fines and was acquitted of the charges of vehicular manslaughter.
Bowe Bergdahl reminds me of that doctor. When Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan, his squad thought he was captured so they went looking for him. Six members of his squad were killed in the search and another was shot in the head and although he survived, he cannot walk or talk and is confined to a wheelchair.
After pleading guilty to the charges against him, one of which could carry a life sentence in a military prison, Bergdahl was reduced in rank, given a dishonorable discharge and released with no prison time.
On the flip side, US Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix, a drill instructor at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was found guilty of mistreating recruits. The military jury said that Felix did punch, kick and verbally abuse recruits, specifically 3 Muslim recruits. He called them terrorists members of ISIS and treated them as if he believed it. He supposedly forced them to climb into an industrial clothes dryer and turned it on, telling them that he would turn it off if they rejected their Muslim faith.
One Muslim recruit committed suicide by jumping off a stairwell after being abused by Sgt. Felix. His family has filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Marine Corps.
I agree, that what Felix did was wrong and that he deserved to be punished, but considering his actions only led to the death of one person, he received a 10-year prison sentence. Bergdahl’s actions directly led to the death of 6 soldiers and the permanent disability of another and he walked away without any jail time.
Tell me where the justice is in this?