The search for drug dealers all too often results in the innocent being the ones who suffer. Police in Southampton Hampshire in England broke down the door of a house and pushed Anthony McVey against the wall yelling and screaming at their fortune in finding the noted drug dealer in his home. Oops, it was not the home of any drug dealer, but that of McVey and Kayleigh Hill as well as two small children. The alleged drug dealer had once lived in the building but had long since gone. OK, the door is broken, the family is frightened, children are crying and police are searching the apartment for a non-existent person. So, what do the police do once they realize it is the wrong man and the wrong family? They do what any decent police unit would do–they return the next day and present the family with a bottle of beer worth $2.50 and some flowers.
Oh, the police unit is trying to raise some money to pay for the busted door. I wonder if they might contact the drug dealer and secure his financial assistance. After all, it used to be his door!
Posted in Human Rights, UK
Pope Benedict XVi is a decent man who has devoted his life to service of the Catholic Church. The issues he now confronts dealing with Paedophiles in the church derive from his efforts to place the Church before interests of its members. In 1980, then Carindal Joseph Ratzinger who was archbishop of Munich, was told about a priest who had molested children and was allowed to get therapy before being sent off to another place to molest more children. A memo has been found which indicates he approved of having the man continue as a priest. There are reports the Pope knew about a priest in America who molested over 200 deaf boys and did nothing to remove the man from his position.
The German Archdiocese now acknowledges mistakes were made in the past Pope Benedict can not undo the past, but he could make an effort to ensure molesting of children will not occur in the future. Perhaps, a first step is to rethink the thousand year old policy of celibacy and create a modern Catholic Church in which married priests and nuns can better serve its members.
There supposedly are seven wonders in the world, but assuredly, there is also an eighth wonder–the amount of money that lawyers obtain in any financial settlement dealing with people who have gotten screwed by those in positions of authority. Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein refused to accept a negotiated settlement dealing with compensation for those who worked on the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 bombing. A nine year process of working out a settlement based on a point system would have given some workers a few thousand while others would have received hundreds of thousands. As Judge Hellerstein noted: “I will not preside over a settlement that is based on fear or ignorance.”
The United States without a doubt has among the world’s fiercest lawyers when it comes down to gaining compensation for those who suffer, but it also has those same lawyers who make certain they emerge with millions. The question is: why are lawyers necessary in working out a settlement for those who suffered? Heck,in 1944, the United States government passed the G.I. Bill of Rights to compensate those who served, and not a single penny went to lawyers!