A Guilty Case



Research has shown that neglected individuals and those that live in low-income neighborhoods have a higher chance of ending up in jail or being tried in the justice system. And when it occurs, society appears to have little empathy towards those that it finds guilty. I followed a case that occurred like this. When the verdict was rendered, it was unanimous. He was guilty!

So that you can see how important it is to understand guilt and to see its effect, I will explain what happened in this case:

The case involved the guilt of a young, but a very intelligent young man. To show the love that his mother and father had for him, the love that the mother and father had for each other and, to show how this love had no effect on the outcome of this case or his guilt, I must first tell you how this case was set up to gain our attention. As you probably know, there are some that strive to encourage a perception before a case is even heard. So opening statements started out by stating that this case involved a young woman and unfortunately, she lived in a poorer low-income neighborhood. She was engaged; however, according to testimony, she became pregnant before the marriage, but not by her fiancée. This is a story that we hear all too often…as expected, the fiancée became outraged, but he still married her because he loved her so much.

The father had only a menial job in which to take care of his family. Even though they were a low-income family, character witnesses stated that the family was a close-knit family. However, as the son grew, he began hanging out and doing things with his friends, but some of those things made people angry.  According to the documents, even though the son rubbed some people the wrong way, he had a good heart.  There were witnesses that testified that he tried to help his friends even though his family did not have much. In his testimony, he stated that he would do anything that he could to help his friends.

His good heart eventually got him into trouble.  There are official documents that report that he saw that his friends and those in his neighborhood did not have the things that he knew that they needed and should have. So in his own testimony, he said that he was going to make sure that they had those things.  Witnesses testified that on one occasions, he became so angry about what he saw being done that he resorted to vandalism.  His acts, though well intended, finally caught up with him.  He was arrested for breaking the law.  The report stated that law officers had planned a raid to catch him and as part of a plea bargain, he was identified during the raid. During the trial, the state had many witnesses that testified against him. According to the documents, the witnesses appeared angry and frustrated with him. Moreover, the court had become frustrated with him as well because of what they viewed as his lack of remorse and defiance. I also read post trial documents that stated that he knew that witnesses were encouraged to lie, but he did not deny what they said because he knew it would not matter.

This case went from the lower court to the appellate court, to the Supreme Court. The same thing was said at every trial. At the Supreme Court, he was found guilty.  A reporter stated that the mother screamed and cried! He also reported that the state had considered her son to be a menace to society and that they did not want him in the community any more. He was given the death penalty. According to the documents, before the sentence was rendered, the son is reported as saying, “they are going to kill me”. 

Although there were witnesses and circumstantial evidence, I read the case and I see that the facts prove that he was not guilty. Yes, people were mad at him, and they did have witnesses, but courts and society should closely examine all things because things are not always as they appear. This is why even if things appear to be a certain way, we should not be so fast to judge, incarcerate, or condemn anyone. But you can read the case for yourself and determine if he was guilty. There are at least four court records of this case now.  Look it up, the son’s name is Jesus and the documents are found in Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Yep, the Bible!   

◊◊Gerard Smith◊◊