Jesse was a journalist who had been covering a much publicized rape case. That night, when he and his wife, Jodie were relaxing on the sofa, he said to her, “Today was a day of pandemonium and persuasions.”
She stared at him. “What do you mean?”
“Pandemonium erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced.”
“What was the verdict?”
“Guilty. I don’t think it had anything to do with the persuasions of the district attorney although his case very solid.”
“Why don’t you think that he was responsible for the verdict?”
“I read somewhere that a study suggests that nearly half of all juries in rape cases decide on a guilty verdict before retiring to deliberate. So, the defense in this case didn’t stand a chance.”
“Well, I think it was the right verdict. He raped a 12 year old girl. He should be put away for a very long time.”
“He could receive the maximum which is life imprisonment or a shorter term of 20 years. The sentencing will be at a later date so we’ll have to wait and see.”
“He’s lucky to be in custody and alive. The girl’s biological father could have killed him. There have been cases of fathers who have killed their daughters’ rapists like the 19 year-old who was bludgeoned to death by a neighbor for raping his five-year-old daughter. I don’t condone violence but she was five years old–a baby, in my eyes. How could anyone do that to an innocent child?”
“We live in a sick society where people commit the most heinous crimes. Unfortunately, some of them are people we know like neighbors, doctors, teachers and even relatives.”
“I can’t imagine what I would do if someone were to rape and murder Sally like that poor Indian girl we read about in 2019.” She shuddered at the mere thought. Sally was their 13 year old daughter.
He went over to her and hugged her tightly. “Don’t worry, nothing’s going to happen to Sally. I’ll make sure of it.”
She clung to him and closed her eyes. It anything bad happened to their daughter, there was no telling what either of them would do. Trust the justice system not to fail them like today’s case or take matters into their own hands like that Indian father because his daughter had been denied justice. That one father should have justice while another was robbed of it was a great travesty. Justice should be for all.