Common Sense In Kentucky

Posted by Larry Miller on October 25, 2012 under How | Be the First to Comment

It may be a case of the jury seeking to nullify the “hate crime” law the federal government imposed on the American people when they found two young men “not guilty” of “hate” when they kidnapped a homosexual in 2011. It is true that they did not love their captive, but to say it was because of some of his personal habits is going somewhere no government should seek to judge.

David Jason Jenkins and his cousin Anthony Ray Jenkins were convicted of the kidnapping and will pay a heavy price as they sit in prison for the drug and alcohol inspired crime. It was argued that they were in no condition to form that coherent a plan to grab someone for their sexual orientation.

Such laws make a mockery of equal justice under the law. Kidnapping is a serious crime. So is murder. However, we must reject the idea that there are classes of people in our country – and harming someone of a “protected” class is somehow worse than harming any other human being.

The victim, and his family were visibly upset when the hate crimes verdict was announced. Apparently they believed that his preference for members of his own gender should cause the Jenkins cousins actions to be penalized more severely. They have not yet been sentenced, but it is certain they are going away for a long, long time. What more did the victim and his family want, a pound of flesh, or perhaps to push a political agenda.

This was the first prosecution under the 2009 Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and it went down in flames. Given the length of time that has passed since the legislation went into effect, one can only conclude that these “hate crimes” are not as big an issue as our progressive overlords would have us believe, or, perhaps, that prosecutors are too busy to get involved in such distractions. In any case, the “hate crime” law just added to the complexity of the case and the jury saw right through it.

It appears that the Kentucky jury did their job in meting out justice as they convicted the Jenkins cousins of the crime they actually committed. It can not reasonably be said that they were homophobes or whatever the current term for not agreeing with and honoring the gay agenda is today. They treated the victim just like they would any other American. Is this not what we seek in our system of justice? What can be said is that they kept the blindfold on Lady Justice and dealt with the facts, not the vane imaginings of those who want to change our country to something more to the liking of a disgruntled minority.

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