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*