|Wrong State. Wrong Time.|
But, hey, a crime is a crime. A criminal is a criminal. Can't do the time, don't do the crime! We gotta be / stay "tough" on crime and not coddle criminals, let them loose in the streets. Blah. Blah. Sure. But this same kid did not continue in a life of crime. He went on to become successful in the music industry and in Hollywood. He could have easily stopped there, having taken care of himself - as many do. But he also went on to raise millions for charities, and to donate time and efforts for philanthropic causes, noting:
"I want people to remember my past so that I can serve as an example of how lives can be turned around and how people can be redeemed ... Rather than ignore or deny my troubled past, I have used the public spotlight to speak openly about the mistakes I made as a teenager so that others do not make those same mistakes."
The Minneapolis Star Tribune now reports that that same kid - Mark Wahlberg - has filed a pardon application with State of Massachusetts. And that is just really too too bad. You see pardons are an integral part of our system of checks and balances and separation of powers. The Founding Fathers included the pardon power in the Constitution, and the power exists in the states today, because it is generally understood that the executive branch should see to it that laws are executed fsithfully. It (the executive branch) is supposed to be a significant actor in the criminal justice process, not a mute, irrelevant bystander.
Pardons correct mistakes - the assumption being that humans are, at least on occasion, prone to error. They are used to modify / craft sentences to more expertly fit the crime. Pardons also recognize / clear instances of rehabilitation, retribution and/or penitence or reward good behavior (service to the government, community, etc.) But, hey, this is Massachusetts we are talking about!
The judicial system in Massachusetts is damn near flawless. Every sentence is perfectly tailored to to fit the crime. Judges, juries and prosecutors never ever make mistakes. There is no need for review. They get it right the first time in Massachusetts, every time. What is worse, the criminals of Massachusetts are the Nation's very worst. They can never be punished too much because they never rehabilitate - despite what Wahlberg's pardon application says
The evidence that all of this is true?
Gov. Deval Patrick (Democrat) has been in office for almost 8 full years and has recommended a mere 4 pardons and 1 commutation of sentence. Why, this is a state where a former governor running for president (Mitt Romney, Republican) openly BRAGGED about granting no pardons - at all ! In Massachusetts, governors proudly reject the traditional, American view of separation of powers and checks and balances! Mercy and forgiveness have no place in the State without flaw.
Best of luck Mr. Wahlberg. Sincerely. Parents, don't let your children grow up to live in Massachusetts! See story here.