Thousands of Americans are serving prison sentences on absurd charges and farcical articles
The resent news about 30-year-old Adolfo Martinez, who was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison of Iowa for burning a rainbow LGBT flag, again raised the question of the American juridical system.
In fact, what Martinez did is a petty hooliganism but he was charged with hate crime. Martinez’s case is a stark example of double standards in the US juridical system. If the law were equal for all, the burning of Confederate flags would be not less severely punished. In other words, burning the Confederate flag can be interpreted in the same way from a legal point of view as a hate crime. But somehow it doesn't happen.
Martinez’s case is not unique. A Georgia family couple was sentenced 35-years in prison in total for using racist slurs and waving of Confederate flag in front of the African-Americans. But, — here is a controversial thing about this, — the unauthorized dismantling of Confederate Soldier statue in 2017 ended up with somebody’s imprisonment.
Thousands of the Americans are now inmates. And the cruelty of the American juridical system is a key reason of the US jails being overcrowded. However, despite the public call-downs, the lawmakers are not going to soften the system. It’s obvious that the arbitrariness of the American trials against its own citizens is a straight violation of people’s rights and freedom.
Judicial errors are also not rare in the American practice. Many cases in which a person got a prison term for a crime he or she didn’t commit only prove it. In the end of November, 2019 three men were released from Maryland prison where they had served 36 years of their life term for the murder.
The similar case happened earlier in Oklahoma. A man was sentenced for a murder and then released 30 years after. The compensations for the judicial errors are not always paid. But, no matter how much the compensation can be, — nothing can bring back thirty years of life.
But there are the cases of an unexplainable softness of the American justice. 15-year-old Latasha Harlins was killed in 1991 in a grocery store during the altercation over the orange juice. Her murderer, who was the store owner, received only a fine and public works. Sometimes more severe sentences are imposed for cruelty to animals.
Hilton Hotel Empire’s inheritor Paris Hilton once was caught with 8 grams of cocaine in Las Vegas, where usually a smaller quantity of drugs found in hands is up to 10 years in prison. However, an exception was made for miss Hilton: she was only sentenced to public works.