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Every action or decision we make is either justifiable or unjustifiable Justice is usually decided by society or the norm The norm changesfrom one society to another However there are always laws that can bebroken consequences that must follow and punishment that must beimparted Justice can be seen in two different ways social and criminal Justice is in the eye of the beholder because we all have different attitudesabout right and wrongCriminal justice is a term that refers to the area of social laws which agroup of people deem valuable in order for the day-to-day mechanics ofsociety to function When these laws are broken the infrastructure of asociety breaks down and this deviance from the norm must be corrected Personal feelings morality religious beliefs and inflammatory biasedfeelings towards certain laws cannot supersede the concrete social laws Thistype of high emotion was apparent when dealing with the facts in the murderof a Topeka police officer In the recent trial Steven Shively was prosecutedfor shooting a police officer The prosecutor was caught up in the media andemotional hype of this case She apparently thought that she could winsimply because a police officer was shot and the public was behind her Itwas a case of public revenge where the mind-set was Were going to get theguy that did this horrible crime It doesnt matter that he was defending hishome This type of public revenge could include the execution of Shively No matter what verdict would have been handed-down someone somewherewould have been unsatisfied If Shively were sentenced to be executed thenhis family and friends would have had to fight for justice until the day hedied As the verdict of not guilty arrived Patersons family many policeofficers and friends of the family cried for justice Yet justice had beenservedEqual and satisfying justice has always been a problem On May 301939 a group of Texas Rangers decided to ambush and murder two people they wanted to destroy They shot seventy
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