The first case that I’m going to talk about is the Erma Faye Stewart case and Regina Kelly case. These two women were charged with felony drug distribution charges. This case took place in Hearne, Texas back in 2000. Stewart and Kelly along with 25 other men were charged in this case. Everybody bail was set to 70,000 each. The police knew about the drugs because a confidential informant. Erna Stewart had two kids and Regina Kelly had four kids. The two ladies had no minor criminal history before and were unsure about the system. Stewart and Kelly didn’t have any money so they have to use the lawyer that was chosen for them. The ladies said they were innocence and trusted that the lawyer would get them out of this horrible situation. The ladies
Most of these students who carry out shootings killing themselves in the end, giving them a lifetime worth of attention they were clearly seeking without any repercussions for their actions. The point I misconceived was the suicide itself, as I had always assumed these students planned on killing
The aftermath of a school shooting is tragic, depressing, and causes hatred for the lives lost and the person who took them. Everyone, especially the media, tries to interpret why the shooter killed their victims, or why they felt the need to end others’ lives and their own. How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings, by Mark Manson, explains what and why these mass shootings happen. He starts by using examples of shootings and the murderer’s past. This article has great viewpoints, use of argumentative reasoning, and shows what truly happens in the hallways of a school shooting.
On August 13, 2013 Pete Yost, a journalist with the Associated Press, published an article titled “Attorney General Eric Holder to Push for Sentencing Reform” informing of Attorney General Eric Holder’s view on the current criminal justice system at the time. Holder believes that the nation’s view of harsher punishments has become less effective as “Mandatory minimum prison sentences” have come to be the norm. (Yost, 2013) A proposed strategy that has been generated would focus the criminal justice systems attention to the “low-level, non-violent drug offenders [and] elderly non-violent offenders”. (Yost, 2013) The justice system has to take a new approach to enforce law that place minor drug offenses in jail for long periods of time and actually
Many today contend that the press is the fourth branch of government, impacting people’s views of various national issues. In recent months, the term “fake news” has been used to imply that the press does not always present an objective view of events. In 1966, Sam Sheppard was accused of killing his wife in Bay Village, Ohio, near Lake Erie. Sam Sheppard denied the murder but the press turned out as a major factor in the decision. In Sheppard v. Maxwell (1966) case, the media/press influenced the decision of the jury and the people. The case exposed the emerging power of the press over the citizens of the United States. During Sheppard v. Maxwell (1966), the media converted the jury into a lynch
Texas government recently passed a new law, Senate Bill 11, which would allow college campus faculty and students to carry a concealed handgun to license holders. Subsequently, this new law will increase the rates of gun related shootings and suicides (Watkins, Matthew, 2015). School shootings are being publicized more due to social media, but they are still very atypical in the United States. Suicide rates will also increase as young adults have more access to firearms. (Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, 2013). The new open carry law will not make Texas college campuses safer.
During the Great Depression many people in America were struggling to get money just to get themselves by. Some even going as far to become criminals. However, history still remembers two criminals the names Bonnie and Clyde for what they did.
Punishments for crime and bad behavior have been seen in different ways with some thinking we should be lenient and not give criminals hard times, while others thought that a more severe, brutal punishments to truly emphasis right from wrong. The articles “Time to Assert American Values” by an editor from The New York Times and “Rough Justice A Caning in Singapore Stirs Up a Fierce Debate About Crime and Punishments” by Alejandro Reyes both describe the trial of a teenage boy from the United States who was caught vandalizing in Singapore. Both authors of the articles examine in great detail, the punishments that the young boy should receive for his crime with both articles contradicting each other. After carefully analyzing
Approximately, 11:19 a.m. both shooters began to kill innocent students and targeted victims that were “athletes, minorities and Christians” (history.com). It has been contemplated that the shooters were triggered to pull such a catastrophe, because “the two committed the killings because they had been bullied, were members of a group of social outcasts that was fascinated by Goth culture…” (history.com). It is declared that this tragedy resulted in 24 people injured and the death of 13 people by the hands of students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, which both had immediately committed suicide right after succeeding their plan. The excessive bullying had driven the pair to insanity, which had led their inner monster to cry evil thoughts. Similar to Carrie, she had developed evil thoughts of her own, such as, “Imagine, Chris Hargensen all bloody and screaming for mercy, with rats crawling all over her face. Good. Good. Crash in her head with a rock, with a boulder. Crash in all their hearts. Good. Good. That would be good” (King 25). It is evident that the Columbine incident was a lesson to be learned from, that bullying can lead someone insane and that it needs to be stopped for a better society. This incident was a more realistic situation parallel to the fictional horror story of
On a cold clear early morning on Friday October 9th, a horrific shooting took place at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Known for its strict gun policy Northern Arizona University would seem to be the last place for a scene like this
The media makes it seem as if they praise things like this. Constantly seeing things on the level of mass school shootings can be dangerous. It can cause more shootings and bad situations. “I use to feel bad for the ones who were killed, but now Eric Harris and Seung Hui Cho became my idols” (“Aaron Ybarra” Herz). The shooter of the Seattle Pacific University shooting was inspired by other people that engaged in the same activity. “As of this writing, a Google search for the SPU shooter’s name brings up 409,000 hits—52,000 more than for Jon Meis, the 22-year-old student who selflessly subdued the shooter before he could claim more victims” (Herz). More people chose to follow up on the shooter rather than
When a person commits a crime there are different levels of punishment and decision making if a person has committed a minor crime like speeding, littering, shoplifting, prostitution, vandalism being drunk, possession of drugs etc. They are either given tickets and left off with a warning or spend 1 night in jail some of the cases like vandalism will require them to do community service and others like drug possession can land them into jail for a few years. Then there are bigger crimes that are more serious like murder, manslaughter, rape, Assault with the intention of killing, Arson etc. These offences come with harsh punishment like life imprisonment, many years in prison sometimes if a person has murdered someone multiple times they are known as serial killers and will be taken into death penalty.
In 1999, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, walked into Columbine High School with shotguns, automatic weapons, and homemade pipe bombs, and killed 13 people, as well as, wounding 20 others, before killing themselves. Close to13 years after the massacre at Columbine, on December 14, 2012, another major school shooting took place in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This time, 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into the elementary school and murdered 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10, as well as, 6 adult faculty members, before killing himself. He used a semi-automatic, AR-15 as well. In more recent news, this past month we witnessed yet another mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Nicholas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people. He used and AR-15 style assault rifle to carry out the
The school environment is one that has been stressed to be a safe and enjoyable place to learn. However, for many individuals, that is not the case. Students around the world have very unique experiences at school, which can unfortunately become abhorrent. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), and average of 96 Americans lose their lives to gun violence each day (Gun Violence by the Numbers). There are several causes of death by gun violence, but one of the causes that have become a growing problem is school shootings. Each school shooter has an individual story and should be treated disparate from the rest, but there are several similar characteristics between many school shooters throughout history.