Monday, March 21, 2005

Why I Think Our Judicial System Doesn't Work

Here are two stories that really upset me. In the first, the refusal of the police to help a woman, resulted in her children being murdered.
The second story is about a judge whose bias resulted in a woman being murdered despite her begging the judge for help. Incidentally, this is the same judge who recently ruled to starve Terri Schindler Schiavo to death.
Isn't it great to live in the country with the best judicial system on earth?
- FT

Police Refuse to Help Desparate Woman - Children Murdered

Frightened by her estranged husband Simon's erratic behavior, Jessica Gonzales took out a restraining order against him. When Simon kidnapped the couple's three
children, Jessica called the police multiple times begging for help, and even told them where the children were.

Despite Simon's volatile history, despite his blatant violation of the restraining order, despite Jessica's information on where the children could be found, and
despite Colorado law that violators of restraining orders must be arrested ... it wasn't until Simon showed up at the Castle Rock police station and began firing upon it that Castle Rock's finest responded. After killing Simon with return fire, police found the gunshot bodies of the couple's three children in Simon's truck, murdered by their own father.

Do you have the right to police protection? That's the question the US Supreme Court will be deciding in the case of Gonzalez vs. Castle Rock


Events such as this do not prove the need for "gun control" -- they prove the utter inability of the police to protect individuals from violent crime. Even Castle Rock's police chief Tony Lane said in a letter to _60 Minutes_,
"[Restraining orders] do not protect society from the Simon Gonzales of the world." Indeed, especially when police have neither the obligation nor the inclination to enforce them.

Retired Sheriff Speaks About Judge Greer
By John J McDougall - Retired Florida Sheriff of Lee County Florida

Imagine for a moment that you are a Circuit Court Judge. A terrified woman comes before your Court pleading for her life. She testifies, under oath, that her violent and demented husband raped her, set her clothes on fire and threatens to kill her. She needs your help and petitions your court for an Injunction for Protection. What would you do? Well, this is what a real Circuit Court Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida; by the name of Judge George W. Greer decided.
He actually had this exact case come before his bench seven years ago, when Helene Ball McGee, from Dunedin Florida pleaded with him to grant her an Injunction for Protection. Helene was in absolute fear for her life. Judge George W. Greer, however, refused to help her, because (according to him) she had not shown him enough proof that her husband was physically violent yet. Two weeks later her deranged husband, Bobby Lane McGee, stabbed her to death. Perhaps if Bobby Lane McGee, had raped Judge Greer first, he would have had a much better insight into the physically violent nature of her husband.
Now this same gender-biased Judge, with utter disdain for women, is the same Judge in charge of the Terri Schindler Schiavo Case. True to form, this Judge continues to ignore the Constitutional rights of Due Process for Terri Schindler Schiavo, in much the same way he did to Helene Ball McGee, who was violently murdered seven years ago this month. Terri who is physically disabled, has trouble swallowing food on her own and because of this Judge Greer has seen fit to order her feeding tube removed. Her Court appointed 'Guardian' husband who has since abandoned her for another woman, (with whom he has fathered two children) wants her dead and has asked Judge Greer's permission to use hundreds of thousands of dollars from her Medical Trust Fund Money to pay his blood-sucking lawyers to find a way to make this happen.
It worked. Judge George W. Greer has now ignored her parents plea for help and has ordered Terri's execution by starvation and dehydration to begin on March 18, 2005. This cruel, torturous, and horrifying death of yet another woman before his Court will take up to 10 days of horrific suffering to cause her to die. But Judge Greer is not without mercy, no sir; he will allow her parents permission to stay and watch their daughter starve to death.
What is wrong with this picture? Is this the same United States of America, whose US Supreme Court is inscribed with the words, 'Equal Justice under law.' While Terri starves and cries out for justice; our distinguished Supreme Court Justices will be too busy to hear, because they will be deciding how best to abolish those embarrassing 'Ten Commandments' of which, the Fifth Commandment is, 'Thou shall not kill.'
God help us. Every person of conscience in this Country should be ready to travel to the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court House, in Pinellas County Florida, and scream at the top of their lungs, that this is Murder! This is Murder! This is Murder!

John J McDougall, retired Florida Sheriff of Lee County Florida

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