Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Moral Imperative

For many people, the case of The People vs. Scott Peterson is closed, and rightly so.  They are satisfied that he is guilty and justice has been served.  They have no moral imperative to do anything more.

But others of us do have a moral imperative.  Through our analysis of the evidence and through our own investigations, we have discovered that it's not possible that Scott Peterson committed these murders.

So many want to put criminals behind bars and throw away the key.  They want no more than the barest of existence for them.  But that is not the attitude Jesus Christ had.  He did not want crime to go unpunished, but he did want charity towards prisoners.  In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 25, we read:

31 ¶When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Christ then went on to say in this parable that those who did not do likewise unto the least of these were cast into everlasting fire.

That's a sobering thought, that we are supposed to care not only for the needy and the sick, but also for the imprisoned.  If the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the moral imperative to visit the imprisoned, how much greater is the moral imperative to fight to correct the injustice of a wrongful conviction?

Letting the System run its course is an option for someone who believes Scott is guilty, but not for those who know he is innocent.  Christian principles demand that whatever can be done must be done until the injustice is corrected.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another 'extension of time' request

I don't know if the docket will indicate when the perfected, complete record is finally received by the California Supreme Court, but I assume it has not yet been, or there has not been sufficient time since it has been for Scott's attorneys to have prepared the first brief.  I will post when the Court indicates whether this extension has been approved, and what the new deadline date will be, which should be within a few days.

11/28/2011Request for extension of time filed  to file appellant's opening brief. (6th request)