In the less civilised and barbaric regions of the world we hear of child rape victims receiving the death penalty as in the case of Iran, rather appalling but itís fact.
But is not the life sentence (without patrol) imposed on this young victim not equally cruel and barbaric and this in a supposedly first country, the USA? The America justice system may have had its controversies, but this case is especially disturbing in that it offends against oneís very own innate sense of common justice and rectitude.
The 15 year old at the time (1992) having endured years of being raped and systematically abused from the tender age of 4 by a paedophile step father found himself and his accomplice before the court on murder charges. Been let down by the police, schools and social services, there appeared no other recourse open to him other than to dispatch both abusive parents thus putting an end to the horrible abuse.
The abuse allegations against the step father (who incidentally had a police record) and the dysfunctional and abusive mother counted for nothing when the maximum sentence was handed down, indeed the raising of the abuse factor in court was deemed by the prosecution as a cynical ploy to influence the final verdict, it would also have called into question the failings of the social services in the case.
If the teenagerís house had been broken into, he would have had the constitutional right to defend himself and his property by blasting the intruder with a shot gun, no questions asked, but as a young abuse victim he had no rights. He either had to suffer the abuse or spend the rest of his life in jail, so oneís got to question that societyís value system and how they can morally justify keeping an unfortunate abuse victim and his hapless accomplice locked up for the rest of their days.
Thereís something drastically wrong with that society.