I have always believed that our justice system worked. I know it isn’t perfect, but it is better than the alternative, a land where there are no laws. However, what can we do when someone we love trusts their life to the American justice system and the great judicial system fails them? Where exactly do we turn for help?
I happen to know of a person who trusted the system, and is now locked away with no hope, no lawyer, no peace, abandoned by those who were given responsibility for this soul’s future. The person did the right thing, repented for wrong doing and accepted the consequences. They were sentenced and placed in a prison. Because they could not afford an attorney one was appointed. Once the door clanged shut, they key turned in the lock, the attorney did not file an appeal for them which is a civil right of every person in the judicial system. This person is forgotten. Their spouse, family, friends, lawyer and country has abandoned them. What do we do? Do we turn a blind eye since this person is not innocent but is remorseful? They accepted the sentence, was honest and now are they worthless? Not worth the basic rights of a fair trial and appeal? Is our great judicial system so weak that it can be misused so easily? Can we see the abuse and turn a blind eye?
I can not stand here and do nothing. I can not watch a person confess, ask for forgiveness, serve the punishment, then be denied the right to representation and appeal. They are not asking for special treatment just for the judicial system to make good on the promise of fairness. They deserve due process.
I am on a mission of equality and I will do all I can to convenience the powers that be to do the right thing. Maybe my efforts will not only help one but many.