Lately I've been questioning the inequality of what we call justice. We all face different laws from federal to state to local but yet the punishments for certain crimes vary ridiculously even on the local level. I use two examples and please remember people are always innocent until proven guilty. I read a recent case of a cat that was shot in the face with an arrow intentionally and the man is facing destruction of personal property. A more recent case of a man cutting a dogs tail of with lawn shears also made our local news and that guy is facing felony animal abuse. Now again we have to perceive that both these men are innocent until the courts prove them guilty but how I ask is that justice? To me animal abuse is animal abuse and it should be a felony. It takes a cowardly person to hurt an animal so much smaller and susceptible to harm than they are and people constantly abuse them. My point however goes back to the differential in the punishments for these crimes. Yes prior crimes and past crimes are a factor when these charges are made by the state's attorney or his people but a crime like that seems very clear cut to me. Today I am disappointed in the county and town I've lived in my whole life; today I am disappointed to call this my home town because justice has apparently become an opinion rather than laws set in stone.

Julian Russell, Charleston

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