Thursday, August 26, 2010
Please read the following news article and then return to this blog entry of mine:
CBC News - Toronto - Men in Creba killing to serve 43 months
What kind of justice is this? What kind of a legal system would allow this to happen?
If you do not know about this case here are the basic facts:
"Jane Creba (b. May 13, 1990 – d. December 26, 2005), was a Grade 10 student at Riverdale Collegiate Institute, was killed in the incident in which gang members were shooting at each other. While shopping with her sister, she crossed the road to shop at the Foot Locker on the west side of the street, when the gunfight erupted. One bullet passed through her upper torso, lodging in her clothing; it was later recovered in hospital. She was rushed to St. Michael's Hospital and died during emergency surgery."
"The Boxing Day shooting of Jane Creba was sparked by a scuffle between rival groups that began in the Eaton Centre, escalating minutes later into a full-blown gunfight on Yonge St., according to a police affidavit."
"Two men convicted of manslaughter in the fatal Boxing Day shooting of 15-year-old Jane Creba were sentenced today to 12 years in prison."
"But, with a credit of eight years and five months, Louis Woodcock, 23, and Tyshaun Barnett, 22, will only serve three years and seven months"
3 years and 7 months for killing an innocent human being??? Where is the justice
This are some videos about this case:
Summer of the Gun from The Whiners on Vimeo.
Source of image:
If this judgment does not suggest that law pertaining to this sort of occurrence is
totally inadequate then nothing does! And what is also appalling about the senseless death of Jane Creba is this fact:
"While some brave Good Samaritans tried to save her life, several bystanders began callously taking photos of Jane Creba as she lay dying after being hit by an errant bullet during an infamous Boxing Day shootout on Yonge Street in 2005."
Why would anyone in their right mind want to visit Toronto when this city is
home of such violent people?
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Thoughts worth thinking about
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw
Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.