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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Justice for the Rich, Justice for the Poor

If there ever was any doubt that there are two kinds of justice in this country, one for the rich and one for the rest of us, it was removed today when that judge in New York ruled Bernard Madoff could go on living in his penthouse rather than heading off to jail.
This guy worked the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, bilking people who wanted something for nothing out of $50 billion or thereabouts. That makes him the biggest con man in history.
Closer to home, a 17-year-old was arrested for selling a pound of marijuana. He stayed in jail until convicted at his trial and then was immediately carted off to prison.
Another fellow, this one 15, broke into a home and stole a few things. He got 15 years. No delays, just a quick trip to the pen.
So are these two ghetto residents worse than Madoff, who made off with that $50 billion? Apparently so under the American system of justice.
Having spent a number of years covering the criminal courts, I had no illusions that one form of justice fits all. The Madoff case, however, is a blatant and striking example of the rich being immune to justice as it applies to the rest of us. Don't make the mistake of believing it isn't that way, that justice truly is blind.
In a song about the outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd, Woody Guthrie wrote this line: "Some men will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen."
When those two young fellows get out of prison - a real prison and not the country-club variety Madoff will go to if ever convicted - they now should know that the next time they had better use a fountain pen, or even a ballpoint. It's the American way.


Anonymous Peter said...

'Amateur criminals rob banks. The real professionals create them'
[Bertolt Brecht]

3:24 PM  

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