LETTER: Unjust sentences

We all sometimes say, "What is the world coming to?" Recent headlines really made me sit up and take notice. If I cause the d
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

 

We all sometimes say, "What is the world coming to?"

Recent headlines really made me sit up and take notice. If I cause the death of someone for $5, I could go to jail for two years and three months (of a three year sentence -- three years for causing the death of a human being?), get a blue star from prison officials, early release, and my momma would say "I don't want to talk about it."

But if I hire 58 undocumented aliens from Mexico, I could go to jail for 33 years and pay $750,000 in fines. Doesn't this strike you as a little unjust? Fraud and illegal documentation versus manslaughter?

There are an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. (Wikipedia). Are the charges against Ramon Ornelas that serious? Hiring an illegal person is against the law and is a major problem in the United States, but killing a person and getting a slap on the wrist is a miscarriage of justice. Maybe Ramon Ornelas just "ran with the wrong crowd"?

Mary S. Keller

Sandusky