Most likely due to my prolonged incarceration in my windowless mud hut with no company but my wife, bless her heart, my mind has begun to wander aimlessly and I have taken to the Web to peruse society-at-large for news of any sort.
One gem caught my digital eyeball yesterday: the Washington State Supreme Court has denied a legal motion (writ of mandamus) to release 2/3rds of the Wazoo prison population who fear they might contract the Woowooflu while similarly (to me) confined.
Among the health-conscious penitentiary petitioners is the Green River Killer, a.k.a. Gary Ridgway, who is serving a “life” sentence for raping and murdering 49 young women, although the actual number is 80 or so according to the experts who count such things. Gary only copped to 49 at his trial in a plea bargain to avoid lethal injection. He’s somewhat leery regarding his own demise, by needle or virus.
Gary and various other serial killers, rapists, and violent felons will not be emancipated today, however, because the WSSC voted 5 to 4 against it.
Being of a curious nature, a trait with tragic consequences to the cat among others, I plumbed the depths to discover who the four dissenting jurists might be. After all, it’s not every day that (some of) the supreme legal arbiters of Justice in our land wish to open the cages and send serial killers back into the genpop (general population) to do whatever it is serial killers do when they’re out and about.
It was no easy matter to extract the names of the four dissenting Justices, but I am a master Googlesleuth with ample time on my hands. The four who voted to free the Green River Killer and his cohorts are (with quotes from their official bios on the WSSC website [Editor’s note: perhaps not coincidentally, these four individuals are the ones standing in the official picture, highlighted atop this post]):
Justice Steven C. González: …served as the Hate Crimes Prosecution Coordinator…
Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud: …Her law practice showed a record of commitment to communities of color…
Justice Mary I. Yu: …the first Asian, the first Latina, and the first member of the LGBTQ community to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court…
Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis: …She is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta and a descendant of the Laguna Indian Tribe…
Some questions pop up (the cat thing again).
Is mass murder a hate crime, and if not why not? If someone coordinates Hate Crime Prosecution, does that mean said someone should set the convicted perps loose when they might get sick in jail, so as to demonstrate that the Almighty State doesn’t hold a grudge like regular haters do?
What does “commitment to communities of color” mean? Is that the same as color blindness, such that a committed uncolorant cannot discern the Green River Killer from the Red River Valet? What is a “community of color”? Is that a barrio, ghetto, slum, or other apartheid enclave of segmented skin tones? What about white gentrified upper crust gated communities? Don’t they get some justice, too? Which Street of Hue do serial killers prefer?
Why do Asian-Latinas and Amerinds get preference when picking Supreme Court Justices? Doesn’t that discriminate against Italitots, Mexkimos, and Hindijapulgarians? Not to mention the genetically pure, like the Six-Toed Albinos from that subarctic island where the residents have been in-breeding for centuries — why don’t they get a shot at a cushy government sinecure?
Justice is blind, they say, and apparently deaf, dumb, and
retarded mentally challenged, too. Some say justice is best served by placing a (few thousand) confessed and convicted criminally insane serial killer(s) in your backyard, and others resist. Thankfully the resisters outnumber the bug-eyed crazies, barely, for now. Happy Doomsday!
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