Project #82774 - Discussion Board Thread - Peer reply post - Defendants and Victims

Reply to 2 other classmates’ threads Joshua Strickler and Kelly Talada. Each reply must be a minimum of 150 words.

 

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Joshua Strickler

 

This is a tough situation because I feel that each situation would differ. Our presentation video for this week discussed the "case by case " basis on whether a soldier that served in combat has "PTSD" and commits a crime compared to someone who commits the same crime out of pure hate.

 

In Leviticus 19:15 it reads that we should not give partiality to one person over another. The verse reads "Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly". This means that the combat veteran who is suffering with a disorder from doing an honorable deed gets the same exact treatment as the offender that committed the crime out of pure evil.

 

My rule that would deal with the defendant is that the court may introduce any previous crimes that are similar in nature. That would to prove if it's a continuous issue and it would help in determining the sentence if the defendant was found guilty. This rule does not allow us to focus on other crimes committed that were not similar to the current charge.

 

The rule that I would apply that deals with the victim refers back to Leviticus 19:15. Whatever degree of harshness was done to the victim, would be reciprocated to the defendant. Things to consider would be permanent dismemberment or death.

 

 

 

Kelly Talada

 

This is a difficult topic to discuss, I can go either way on defending the defendant because he or she was abused, causing their drug addiction and therefore they caused injury or even death to the victim. And then on the other hand it is so easily seen in the media that the victim’s normally don’t get a fair amount of attention nor do they get much, if any, restitution for the harm done to them. In reference to the rule for the defendant, God says this about our sin: 40 Until they confess their iniquities and the iniquities of their ancestors, whereby they have transgressed me, and walked contrary unto me. (Leviticus 26:40 King James Version). This means that unless the defendant confesses his wrong doing and that of his family, causing his “problems” than there is no hope. But what good, then, does that confession do for the victim? It shouldn’t matter if the defendant is sorry or not, really, because that does not change what happened to the victim. An example that comes to mind is what “if” the defendant was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and was drunk or drugged out when he committed the crime of raping the victim, whom was a 6 year old child?! I would like to hear more of what is going to happen to heal that child of this horrific crime, than to try and understand that the defendant was drunk and if was my child who had been assaulted, I really wouldn’t care if the defendant was abused as a child, I’d want justice for my child. I personally was a victim of violence as a child, but as an adult I needed to address that and give it to God, I no longer can use my past as an excuse for bad behavior and that shouldn’t be allowed in the courts either, in my opinion.

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