Are You Kidding Me
by Mark Bradley
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Are You Kidding Me?
Did I wake up in some kind of strange nightmare today? My day was heading in the usual directions when I left for work. I decided to stop at the local mart to pick up a drink for the trip. Iím about to pay for the drink when I hear the clerk talking to another customer. They seemed very disgusted about something, and I havenít picked up as to why.
Then it comes out, just as if they were waiting for me to reach the counter. Michael Jackson, who is was on trial for child molestation and for committing crimes such as alcohol to minors and lewd acts against children, was acquitted today.
My mouth hit the ground. He was acquitted? How can that be? He admitted to sliding wine in the drink. What, he admits it and we forgive him? No. He admits it and we find him guilty. Forgiving him is fine, but he still needs to pay for what heís done.
And donít tell me the defense lawyer is just that good. Johnnie Cochran he wasnít. Although he played to about the same scenario. He had a famous client that some still like, and they had no video evidence of any crime. Without that, it turned into all hear-say. I wonít even convict him on that alone.
What is digging into my skin like a tick, though, is the facts of the case were ignored. Jackson did admit to giving wine, which is alcohol, to a minor. He did admit to having children in his bed and having them stay overnight. By the way, if you are a parent that would allow this, you need to be smacked a couple hundred times.
What kind of sick individual would allow these things to happen? Why did you give them wine, Mike? What were they doing in your bedroom, let alone your bed? If they were going to stay overnight, why did they have to sleep in your room? Why did you separate them from their parents during their stays?
Letís take out the testimony of the witnesses. Letís put aside, for a moment, that Mike is not a normal Joe. Donít even think about his money for right now. Letís look at the acts and the facts. He gave alcohol to kids. He had them in his bed, and kept them there overnight. WRONG! Period. I donít have to go any further than that. You canít tell me that he is so stupid as to not know that these actions are flat out wrong. If he is, then somebody in that house has got to have more sense than that. And the parents are just as much to blame. If they knew the rumors and sent their kids over in the hopes they would be molested for the sake of gaining money, then I hope sincerely that you meet a defensive lineman in a back alley and you tick him off.
Now letís look at why he was ďacquitted.Ē First, there was a riot waiting to happen in Los Angeles. If Mike was found to be guilty, then the entire city would have erupted in flames, much as it did in the early nineties. Great. Now our justice system is predicated on whether the mob is happy with the verdict. Never mind if he actually did it, or if the crime, as is in this case, is a lewd and disgusting crime. Letís make sure that they donít riot.
Second, Mike is rich. It would not surprise me to find out that he made some handsome offers to the jurors for a favorable verdict. Or maybe they just wanted to go down in history as the group that set the King of Pop free. I wonder how theyíll feel if he does it again? If he is guilty, and I honestly believe he is, then he will do it again. Child molesters, 95% of the time, do not rehabilitate. They repeat more often than any other crime.
Third, Mike is famous. Heís like O.J. was. O.J., who I think didnít actually commit the act but had someone else do it, also controlled the mob. He knew that he could use his fame to help secure his side as the winner. At least he had Johnnie Cochran.
Mike used a plethora of tactics to help him out. The fake heart attacks, the bankruptcy rumors, the family showing up to support him. Of course they support him. He pays them. He takes care of them. They are not going to turn on their meal ticket.
Look, he may very well be innocent of all of it. I donít believe it, and I probably wonít for a long time. Judging from the facts, I never will. Justice was not served today.
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