Zimmerman Verdict Aftermath: Revealed Deviations Of Justice

This article isn’t about whether the verdict was just. It’s about the reactions following the verdict. Revealed in them were some unjust factors people use when deciding whether or not a man should be locked up.   The Representative Factor Recap: a seventeen year old boy was shot. The adult male shooter stirred racial bias…
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What Is Justice? Interviews On WCCO And KFGO

Following the publication of my article about Michael Karcoc, the 94 year old NE Minneapolis resident alleged in Nazi war crimes, two radio stations contacted me for further discussion. My points about restitution over revenge turned a few heads. In both instances, the hosts questioned my view that we shouldn’t put this man in jail…
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Conversation On Justice Grows: On Mike McFeely Show Today

My commentary in the Star Tribune on Tuesday got a strong response. I wrote about the alleged ex-Nazi living in NE Minneapolis and asked he be left alone. My biggest criticism of the justice people seek in this case is that it’s often a vehicle for revenge. I was honored to be a guest on the…
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A Nazi In Minnesota: A Re-examination Of Justice

The allegation that a man in Northeast Minneapolis was a murdering Nazi has received national attention. It has also polarized the public’s response. The case is “perfect” for doing so. Michael Karkoc is 94 and obviously no longer a threat. Thus, many are saying, “Leave him alone”. But those demanding that he stand trial feel secure…
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Steubenville: Another Window Into The Soul Of American Justice

Each high-profile court case in America provides a stage for the media and public to act out their stance on justice. This time, the noteworthy performances were the cheers on Twitter and the angry reaction from many toward CNN’s own reaction to the verdict. Knowing the outline of the case, there seemed little doubt that…
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Prisons Should Be For Protection And Rehabilitation–Not Revenge

In November 2009, Andrew Conley, 17, was wrestling with his 10-year old brother when he decided to put a choke hold on him. This was no innocent big brother antic, however. It was the act of a killer. Conley was a very troubled teenager. He had tried to kill himself because of fights he had…
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Justice, Revenge, And The Tragedy Of Robert Champion

Another Floridian’s untimely death. But this article isn’t about the tragedy. It’s about the response to it. And in regards to this one word comes to mind: revenge. On the USA Today website, the story of Robert Champion’s hazing death was what you’d expect: details about the event (him being beaten by hazers in his…
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I Made It On MPR: )

A couple weeks ago many of you read my take on the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Well, Minnesota Public Radio enjoyed it and featured it on their site today: ) Check it out:  http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/10/ferdig/ thanks to all of you who read and enjoy my articles, -Brandon

Trayvon Martin’s Death: The Opportunity To Reform Justice

In our version of justice in America, we seek far more than righting the wrong. We seek that the perpetrator serves their time, is thrown behind bars, pays for what they did. In short, we like to see the perp suffer. We seek revenge. But why do we call for revenge when we know deep in…
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