Pubdate: Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source: Free Lance-Star (VA)
Copyright: 2001 The Free Lance-Star
Author: John Quinlan


Once again, in the infinite wisdom of the judicial system in Stafford 
County, a killer has been given a slap on the wrist. I am, of course, 
referring to the sentencing of Brandon Brown, who directly caused the 
deaths of three young people, one of whom was my neighbor.

Brandon Brown is guilty of killing three individuals, regardless of the 
incident leading up to the reckless-driving crash (it was not an "accident").

Brown was sentenced to complete a four-to-six-month "in-house 
rehabilitation program" and 50 hours of community service, and his license 
was suspended until he is 20. Gee, I really feel sorry for him for 
receiving such a "harsh" sentence for killing three people.

I received a sentence in Stafford County of five years for growing four 
medical marijuana plants for my own use. I didn't harm anyone as a result 
of my "crime" (a felony); yet one can kill three individuals and get 50 
hours of community service! How true the phrase: "Justice is blind."

And, of course, the individual who threw the projectile at Brown's car will 
probably receive a more severe sentence than the person who actually caused 
the deaths of three individuals.

Justice (?) in Stafford County.

John Quinlan