The case of the “Hiccup Girl” sentenced to life.
In 2010, Jennifer Mee organized to fulfill a younger man named Shannon Griffin whom she contacted by means of social media; He agreed to fulfill her and the 22-year-old was below the impression that he was happening a date with Jennifer and to buy marijuana however her motive was theft and Jennifer used her two male pals to assist her however in the technique of being robbed, Shannon was shot 4 instances. Under Florida regulation, all those that take part in a theft the place somebody dies is equally responsible of homicide as the one who truly did the killing.
Jennifer from all accounts was not even current at the scene or ever deliberate to kill him. It later got here out in courtroom that in communication together with her mum, Jennifer stated, “I didn’t kill nobody. I set everything up. It all went wrong mom.” She was sentenced to life with out parole!
The sentence had shocked those that have been even casually enthusiastic about the case.
Now the query needs to be “Is this right?”
The prosecutor might effectively justify themselves by saying “this is Florida law” however then the problem for me is that this;
“Can the lawmakers ever pass a law which can make a wrong a right?”
For me, a incorrect is a incorrect and Jennifer acquired the similar sentence as somebody who’s a serial assassin.
If Florida regulation says Jennifer murdered as a result of she participated in a theft the place somebody died, and was not even at the scene of the theft then there’s something terribly flawed with Florida regulation, and people residing in the state live below that very same regulation, subsequently, who else has been convicted in the similar means?
It is all very effectively saying, “This is Florida law,” however the regulation can’t suppose however individuals can.
The regulation ought to be set which provides judges the energy to make use of their discretion and decide every case by itself deserves.
Politicians have a accountability to set simply legal guidelines; they’ve it of their energy to vary the regulation, so the query is “What are they going to do about this unjust situation?”
It is all very effectively for the present, previous, or future Presidents of the United States making claims that they’ve organized for the launch of their residents saved in abroad prisons however the American authorities actually need to look at the instances of a few of its individuals in American prisons who ought to actually have their instances revisited.
Jennifer was charged with homicide however ought to have been charged with manslaughter; in line with my dictionary, manslaughter means unintended homicide, unpremeditated killing, killing with none malice.
Florida has modified the definition of homicide for no matter motive.