LOVE AND FREEDOM (Gillie's story is here)
Bad law is a scourge on human kind.
It has no heart.
It cannot differentiate suicide from murder. It pushes a person on the edge of life
struggling with demons of addiction
into perpetual hell,into life imprisonment. Yet,in eight years frees someone who would rape and cut off a young girl's hands,
leave her to die on the road.
Bad law is cruel
like the judges who enforce it
who lose their soul
as they lose the power of discernment.
Such judges admonish juries to have "no pity"
Judges fed on the blood of those they disdain gorged by arrogance and power,
have forgotten the highest court
before whom they will one day disrobe
in the ultimate judgment.
Bad law is legalized crime
celebrating its excesses.
It sentences a man for car jackings
to 379 years to life,
separates a woman from her child
for twenty five years for petty theft.
Bad law is the "Three Strikes law"
an ignominious law
which brings dishonor to our nation.
Like all historically bad law
it is created by those who elevate themselves on mountains made of human bones
bones of the poor,of minority peoples,
of the defenseless.
Justice with her eyes and ears bound
is now in chains in this land.
And not even God who
loves his children
has been able to free her.
Maria J. Andrade (6-2-97)
Written after my brother Joseph E. Carrero got 50 yrs.to life and $10,000 restitution for a minor drug infraction by Judge Wiatt, Van Nuys-CA.