Why We Have Crime - And Response (2)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Blame the guns if you wish.  Appoint a task farse to study the problem and spend hundreds of thousand of dollars only to ignore the obvious.  Here's the deal:  Read the arrest article of just about any thug.... today it's Virgil Lamont Kyner.  Then go to: www.hamiltontn.gov/courts/criminal/crimdisclaimer.aspx  Here's what you see:

Sept. 14, 2005: arrested for drugs ($2,000 in marijuana), theft of property, driving on a suspended license.  Judge Steelman granted "unsupervised probation."

Aug. 12, 2009:  arrested for theft of property, accessory to burglary.  Judge Steelman granted "suspended sentence."

Aug. 1, 2012: arrested for possession of marijuana for resale and driving on a suspended license.  Court date April 3, 2013.

Aug. 22, 2013: arrested for driving on suspended license.  Court date April 3, 2013. 

So we must have determined he was no threat to the public for letting him out of jail.  Based on what facts? 

Today's article says he was arrested for aggravated burglary and theft of over $500.  Granted a 2-year suspended sentence.  See a pattern here?  Choirboy Virgil knows that we don't lock up criminals in this town.  He has flaunted the system.  He's only 26-years-old.  Just look at the above and say "Duhhhh why do we have crime?" 

Jim Holcomb

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Bravo, Mr. Holcomb. Your revealing "brief" about Chattanooga's legal system (or lack thereof) was smack on the money. But others, equally as eloquent as yourself, have referred to the legal and judicial profession before: 

"I think we may class the lawyer in the natural history of monsters." -- John Keats; 

"Lawyers Are:" The only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished. -- Jeremy Bentham 

"Lawyers Are:" One skilled in the circumvention of the law. -- Ambrose Bierce 

"In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls." --Lenny Bruce 

"Lawyers Are:" The only civil delinquents whose judges must of necessity be chosen from (amongst) themselves. -- Charles Caleb Colton 

"The trial lawyer does what Socrates was executed for: making the worse argument appear the stronger. -- Judge Irving Kaufman 

"I don't want a Lawyer to tell me what I cannot do; I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do." -- J.P. Morgan 

"I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer." -- Will Rogers 

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." --William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2 

"The judicial process is like a cow. The public is impaled on its horns, the government has it by the tail, and all the while the lawyers are milking it." --Anon 

Remember, only a lawyer can become a judge. No doubt, Virgil Lamont Kyner's attorney appears well aware of this precept. 

David D. Fihn 

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The requirement for a judge to be a lawyer is statutory only. It's only by legislated law that a judge must be a lawyer. There is no requirement in the U.S. Constitution, Tennessee Constitution, our Constitution here in South Carolina or any other State Constitution I'm aware of, for a judge to be a lawyer. But the lawyers have taken control of the judiciary, haven't they. 

Until about 15 years ago Tennessee had lay judges, when the last one who was "grandfathered in" by the change in the law still sat on the bench. 

Mr. Fihn forgot one, a very important one that predates all of those he cites, from the Book of Luke in the Bible, American Standard Version: 

45 One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.”
46 And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
48 So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
49 Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’
50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation,
51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.
52 Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”

A friend in East Tennessee is fond of saying that we have a legal system that isn't necessarily a justice system. We have to wonder if the attention to legal language and wordsmithing by lawyers hasn't contributed to the loss of common sense and degradation of our legal system. As a result it seems the criminals have more "rights" than their victims. 

Jim Earley
Lancaster, S.C.

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