Pubdate: Thu, 15 Oct 2015
Source: Asbury Park Press (NJ)
Copyright: 2015 Asbury Park Press
Author: Carol Ann Wenc


In response to the Oct. 14 oped, "Sentence doesn't fit crime" by Ken 
Wolski, this is why I do not respect the justice system. John 
Peditto, whose trial begins Oct. 20 in Toms River, was growing 17 
plants, not a field of marijuana to sell to school students, and he 
may receive a prison sentence of 31-plus years?

He didn't shoot, beat up, take hostages, bully or harass anyone and 
we will have taxpayers paying for 31-plus years of jail time. I hope 
the jury is smarter than the system. Driving Under the Influence 
violators don't even do that much time, if any.

The young man they caught for calling in bomb scares, frightening and 
wasting the time of so many students, teachers and police, and 
costing taxpayers, only received a sentence of one year and a day. Go figure.

All the money spent due to the bomb scares, and for 17 plants Peddito 
facing so much jail time is ridiculous. What about a small fine? 
That's all it warrants, not jail. I don't know Peditto. I do not 
smoke, drink and only take doctor-prescribed drugs. But people and 
their vices should not be judged.

Do we really know any more what a serious crime is?

Carol Ann Wenc

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