Randy Hogan has served The Daily World for 16 years, offering his insight on many subjects that transpire in the Phillips County area.
If you follow Memphis news on a regular basis on TV, you are probably familiar with the exploits of a certain city council member named Fullilouv, or Full-of-something. Whatever. The name isn’t the important issue here but the story in general.
You see, this particular Memphis city official has a rather lengthy rap sheet when it comes to moving violations in a vehicle, including driving under the influence. Enough citations have been issued that the court revoked her driver’s license.
Recently, Channel 5 cameras caught the council member getting into her vehicle and driving away from a public event, a clear violation of a court order. Reportedly, this was not the first time the council member had driven on a revoked or suspended license.
The incident was reported but this particularly law agency claimed they did not handle investigations but the information would be tuned over to the proper authorities. The spokesman added that it was doubtful that anything could be done, since the evidence was on videotape and not witnessed by an officer.
Since when did a violation of the law have to be witnessed by a law enforcement officer? Since when did videotape not be considered credible evidence? Why is the official getting apparent preferential treatment? Joe or Jane Ordinary would have been hauled off to jail at the drop of a hat with that evidence.
Public officials are not the only ones who seem to fall into a special category when it comes to the law. The special laws apply to the rich and famous, particularly athletes and celebrities. There is a law for the haves and the have nots.
The statue of “Lady Justice” wearing a blindfold is symbolic of the ideal the U.S. judicial system represents. They say justice is blind. In other words, the idea that our forefathers put into the Constitution is that everyone stands equal before the bar of justice.
Do they really?
I know of at least two NFL players facing weapons charges but as to date no official charges have been filed and they will probably wind up in their respective teams’ camp come early summer. An NBA star faced rape charges but his name was quickly and quietly dropped from the headlines. Another NFL player was spotted by a police officer cutting cocaine with a credit card and he received probation.
Of course the biggest joke in the history of U.S. crime was the O.J. Simpson trial. We won’t even go there in this sitting. The list goes on.
I am not unsympathetic to the plight of the court system. There is no question that it is terribly overburdened. Justice even seems frivolous to those convicted of serious crimes. They are often slapped on the wrist, told not to do it again and turned loose right back into society. There’s nothing like a recycled criminal.
There’s no doubt that what we are seeing in today’s society is the result of a judicial system that is way too soft on criminals. I really don’t want us to return to the days of vigilante justice or Hanging Judge Isaac Parker’s courtroom days. However, I want the hardened criminals behind bars and off the streets. I want the same justice for all men and women.
Our pledge of allegiance ends with the phrase, “With liberty and justice for all,” and not “With liberty and justice for some.”