Justice is a subject which interests me. No surprises there. And it seems like bizarre timing, really, that in the news this past week there have been two stories of considerable interest to me.
The first is the story of a vigilante family, all sent to prison for kidnapping and torturing false confessions from someone they believed to be guilty of murder.
The second story is the compensation award to the convicted murderer of Milly Dowler, after he copped a beating inside.
I'm not a heartless fucker. Far from it. But come on...compensation for a beating?
Is this now going to set a precedent?
Will all prison inmates who find themselves at the rough end of a fist now be entitled to compensation, which was claimed from the prison authority for failing to protect him against that beating. And where does the money come from that funds the whole thing? The generosity of the Judge who awarded the compensation? His own fucking pocket?
No. Of course not. It's the tax-payer, obviously. We've been stiffed yet again. The people of this country, some of whom are suffering because of his actions, are the ones whose money is paying this man compensation for the roughing up he got in prison.
But we've all heard this sort of bullshit before, haven't we? Victims of burglary prosecuted for using force against those breaking in. In the end, guidelines and decisions had to be made to specify how much force was reasonable force when some rotten motherfucker is rummaging through your stuff, downstairs, in the black of night...
Human Rights Laws are surely there to protect people who are cooperating with the system, aren't they? Is it right to declare that it is "against" a convicted killer's Human Rights to deny him access to an assessment for parole at some point into his life stretch? Does a convicted killer deserve the same considerations for Human Rights fairness when they themselves have completely and utterly disregarded the rights and freedoms of others?
And that, really, is the problem with a case like this. It'll quickly be picked up on. The decision will be looked at and exploited. Soon enough, the tax-payer will be footing the compensation bill to prisoners claiming for all sorts of shit. And where will it finally stop? From beatings to harsh language. From harsh language to intimidating looks.
This needs to stop now before it even starts. Decisions of this nature are dangerous. Will it set the sort of precedent for a rapist to claim compensation is he gets HIV from the victim of his rape? Yeah, it sounds ridiculous and highly unlikely. But compensation for a convicted murderer sounded ridiculous and highly unlikely too, only last week!
And with vigilantism...well. I've been saying that shit for a long time. These days, people are applauded for taking the law into their own hands. For dishing out their version of justice to those they think deserve it.
What a crock of shit.
When, as a civilised society, you pass the job of administering justice to other organisations, you undermine the entire process by beating the shit out of some poor bastard that never deserved it in the first place. Prison is exactly where you belong if you're going to stick the middle finger to the justice system and act on belief, hunch and misinformation.
Remember the movie lynch-mobs? Groups of toothless men and women, shouting and stomping up the road to the Old Mill to get justice, waving torches and brandishing pitchforks?
They were morons, acting on misinformation and only getting their idea of justice. Which is the problem, isn't it. Because justice can be, emotionally-speaking, a very personal and subjective viewpoint. What one person thinks is justice, another thinks is injustice.
THAT is why we all need to value the benefits of a democratic society. Why we need to stop undermining the whole thing, and fucking it up for others, and allow the system that we have voted for to do its job. And if you're not happy with the results, go through the official channels. Don't just reach for the nearest fucking pitch-fork...