American Justice Game: Pay to Play

Can you match the crime to the prison time?

A) Selling $3,000 of pain pills.

B) Selling millions of dollars of cocaine and ordering the deaths of over 200 people.

C) Killing four people and severely wounding nine others while driving high and drunk.

> > > Court sentences:

D) Two 25 year prison terms, two $500,000 fines, five years probation.

E) 15 years and a $25,000 fine.

F) One year counseling, ten years probation.

MISTY CROSLIN was sentenced to two 25 year prison terms, two $500,000 fines and five years probation for selling $3,000 of pain pills when she was targeted in a police sting operation.

Columbian drug lord GRISELDA BLANCO was sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for importing and selling untold millions of dollars of cocaine and being implicated in the murders of over 200 people.

Rich kid ETHAN COUCH received one year of counseling at a posh resort after he killed four people and seriously injured nine others by plowing into them with his truck while he was high and drunk.

America justice is a strange game. The seriousness of the crime has little to do with the actual sentence. People who commit monumental crimes but have millions of dollars can afford top-notch attorneys and experts who can challenge, negotiate and defeat prosecutors.

Misty Croslin is poor. Her family has no money. Her public defender didn’t bother to put up a defense. Instead he just told her to plead guilty because the most she will get is six years. Surprise! The judge and law enforcement had 25 years in mind.

Who gets targeted. How they are charged. What resources they have to defend themselves. All part of the rigged game called American justice.

It’s a crime to be poor in America. And yes, you will pay for it.

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