Oscar Pistorius: Judge Distinguishes Justice from Vengeance

In the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius in the widely watched South African trial, the judge “warned that society couldn’t expect to have its way on the sentencing. . . . And she cautioned that the public — in this case including the Twitterati who had dissected every moment of the 49-day trial — often had no idea of the difference between vengeance and justice.” (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 22, 2014)

These are wise words we all should take to heart.

Vengeance: the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you or someone else*

Justice: the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals*

* Merriam-Webster

Links

Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources
Facebook: Murder Survivor’s Handbook
Website: Survivors of Violent Loss
Blog: Survivors of Violent Loss

Dare I Call It Murder? — A Memoir of Violent Loss
Facebook: Dare I Call It Murder?

 

 

 

 

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About Polishing Your Prose

Larry M Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, editor and publishing consultant. He is the author of three books, and has edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction book manuscripts. Under Wigeon Publishing, he has produced six books. As author, "Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir. The book has also been nominated for a number of awards, including: Pulitzer Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, Washington State Book Award, and One Book, One San Diego. As Editor, "Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources" won the Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Self-Help. For a sample edit and cost estimate, contact Larry: larry [at] larryedwards [dot] com -- www.larryedwards.com -- www.dareicallitmurder.com -- www.wigeonpublishing.com
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