Life Should Mean Life! Justice for killers… NOT their victims!
House Bill 409 (SB 494), which works to end life without parole for those convicted of first-degree murder as juveniles, is moving its way through the General Assembly and will be on the Governor’s desk soon. Amendments have been offered to exclude cop-killers (like Amy Caprio’s murderer) and to killers of seniors and vulnerable adults, as well as mass murderers (the DC Sniper – Malvo) and other heinous criminals. All those guardrails were rejected, mostly on Party lines.
When looking at this bill, I’m reminded of Dorothy Mae Neal. Dorothy, even at 83, would take a bus around Baltimore, visiting different churches, singing the gospel, and bringing her friendly smile around with her. In August of 2018, Dorothy was brutally raped and beaten by a 14-year-old in her home in West Baltimore. Dorothy Mae was found alive a couple of days later in her apartment but died in the hospital of blunt force trauma. The 14-year-old repeatedly raped her as they found three used condoms in the apartment. Dorothy suffered broken bones in her face and body. Justice for Dorothy Mae Neal would keep her killer in prison for life. Dorothy was 70 years older than her assailant and was vulnerable and defenseless.
Likewise, the 17-year old that ran over and killed Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio should be kept in prison. Killing law enforcement officers should come with a strong sentence. Police run into danger while we run away. They represent law and order and those who would kill on-duty officers should know they will face severe consequences.
During the bill’s hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, the word ‘justice’ was thrown around a lot. Where is the justice for victims? Where is the justice for survivors of the most horrific offenses imaginable? Repealing a life without parole sentence for these criminals means that they can begin seeking parole after serving 20 years and can repeat this process every three years.
The families of their victims will have to come and revisit their trauma over and over again, and the last thing we need in Maryland is to be weak on crime and release killers back into our communities. The death penalty was repealed Life without parole should be a deterrent to would-be criminals. Life should mean life for the most violent juvenile criminals.
Baltimore City Update for Visitors and Residents
Under Mayor Scott’s order, not wearing a mask in public “is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.”
Under State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s press release from Friday, March 26, 2021, the SA’s office will no longer prosecute:
CDS (drug) possession
Attempted distribution CDS
Trespassing (on private property)
Minor traffic offenses
Rogue and vagabond
Urinating/defecating in public
Seriously? Baltimore City might as well put signs up at the City line welcoming human traffickers, drug dealers, gang members, drug addicts, and those inclined to general lawlessness.
Police intervention in these activities leads to services and help for those brought to court. Judges almost always sentence these lower-level criminals to meaningful and reformative services to get the tools to turn people around. Missing this important step will certainly lead to more crime.
When Mayor Scott and SA Mosby believe it is more dangerous to be outside on the sidewalk without a mask on than doing heroin on a stranger’s front steps, the exodus of those residents who can get out of the City will only accelerate.
Who will want to raise a family or build a business in a City where the schools are failing, your private property rights are trampled on, and open prostitution and drug markets are given the nod?
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