(Those of you who are expecting an amusing Bag Lady post today may want to skip this particular post)
I don’t usually use this blog to make social comments, but watching the news last night made me so angry, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this. The story was about the trial of Robert Pickton, convicted of second degree murder in the killings of 6 women, whose remains were found on his pig farm in BC.
Apparently, the Crown is filing an appeal because he was found guilty of Second Degree Murder, rather than First Degree Murder. We, the taxpayers of Canada, have already paid something to the tune of ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS to convict this piece of excretement, but the Prosecutors are not happy with that. They WON, but apparently that’s not good enough. The defense is also expected to file an appeal.
The families of the rest of his victims want another trial, too. This sick, twisted individual murdered some 30 - 40 women (the exact total will never be known), and his actions have already cost society in countless ways. I can understand the desire of the families to have the “closure” another trial would bring. It won’t bring their family members back to them, but they would have the satisfaction of knowing that the murderer of their loved one is behind bars. ON THE OTHER HAND, how much of their desire to see justice done is fueled by the publicity another trial will bring? Isn’t it enough to know that the criminal will be behind bars for the rest of his life? Whether there is a piece of paper somewhere saying that Robert Pickton is in prison because he killed (insert name here) or not, he WILL be in prison. Isn’t that enough?
How much should we as a society be willing to spend on this sick bastard? As a tax-paying citizen, I am appalled at the idea of pouring more money into this case. He has been convicted. Send him to prison. We are going to pay for his room and board for the remainder of his life. We have already poured enough of our money into the pockets of his lawyers. Let it be done with!
The Crown is acting like a spoiled brat who won, but discovered the medal was plastic. What does it matter if it goes into the history books with a second-degree conviction? As long as he serves his sentences consecutively, and remains in prison for the rest of his life, I, for one, don’t care. And I am angry that the cost of this trial is coming out of my pocket. The eleven million dollars is already spent, but I don’t want to have to pay another astronomical amount of money to repeat the process. That money could be better spent on social reform programs to help the women on the fringes of society who have been put in a situation where they risk falling into the hands of men like Robert Pickton in the first place!