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The criminal justice system of the United States, despite its controversies, is STILL the greatest system in the world for one reason and one reason alone: It is the only system in the world that will guarantee you an opportunity to seek redemption; that is, if you want it.
When I first read the Scarlet Letter, I couldn't stomach finishing it. Nobody could really prove that Hester Prynne had actually slept with Arthur Dimmesdale. Yet the community was quick to shame her by having her walking around, with the letter "A" on her dress, for the rest of her life.
I said to myself, "Wait a minute! She thought her husband was dead and that husband of hers didn't want to come get her! Who are they to judge that woman, for that long, for doing something she thought at the time was right?
In the end, I did manage to finish the book. I had gone on to find out that the community had not only forgiven Hester Prynne, but gave her a high social status, which had remained with her all the way to her death.
The Scarlet Letter was a book that had but two underlining questions within it.
Just how long are you planning on punishing someone for one bad mistake? Most importantly, what must this person have to do in order to satisfy your definition of "justice served?"
I'm not trying defend the Michael Vicks of the world; what he did was horrible. But you know what, here's a little secret about Vick.
He served his time. He's free to go!
To me, all that you are doing, when you complain about Michael Vick, is hurting my ears.
1. You can't try him for the same crime again.
2. This spectacle failed to put a dent in prevention of the practice of dogfighting.
3. I don't like PETA anyway. Save the dolphins? Tell that to the tuna!
Let it go folks, let it go.