Hurry Up Already

Is it just me, or recently has there been a disproportionate number of super elderly, super violent criminals getting caught at the very end of their lives?

The Southern Klu Klux Klanner who murdered an innocent black during the 1950’s or 60’s. And Whitey Bulger, who allegedly killed 21 people, no doubt enjoyed his Santa Monica apartment for decades.

Even more dramatically, four leaders of the Khmer Rouge have just gone on trial, charged with having created a “joint criminal enterprise” that resulted in 1.7 million Cambodians being murdered between 1975-1979, or nearly 25% of the population.

Imagine for a moment if a handful of people supervised the killing of 70,000,000 Americans. The four defendants have been free for 30 years. Their average age is 82. According to the World Bank, the life expectancy of Cambodians is 61.5 years. Their legal team is committed to “vigorous legal wrangling” that is supposed to last for years. Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge, died in 1998 before he cold be brought to justice.

I suppose the “authorities” in these cases deserve credit for perseverance, but the gross imbalance of suffering is another crime.

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