Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

There's No Justice for Murder

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

There's No Justice for Murder

Article excerpt

I cringe a bit whenever I hear people say they want to see "justice" done for someone's murder.

In other words, they want to see someone convicted and sent to prison for killing another person.

But is that really "justice"? Or is it merely punishment?

I think the two words are often confused.

If someone steals your TV set, "justice" will be served when that person is punished for the theft -- then made to buy you another TV set, as good or better than the one that was stolen.

But how do you restore a person's life that was taken? The cold, hard truth is you don't.

I was thinking about this recently when doing a story on the arrest of Johnathan Davion Mango, 31, in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy named Eli J. …

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