Views on Pamela Davis SentenceThe editorial May 4...


May 16, 1993

Views on Pamela Davis Sentence

The editorial May 4 concerning Circuit Court Judge Raymond E. Beck's decision on April 28 ("Judge Beck's Heavy-Handed Sentence") appears to be an effort to continue the myth of blaming society for an individual's action.

As noted in published accounts of the Pamela Davis trial, the facts of the case indicated violations of existing law. The jury's decision agreed with the statement of charges.

The comparison of another drug case, as well as the comment as to how Carroll courts respond to persons charged as drunken drivers, is an apparent effort by the editorial writer to misdirect logic.

In summary, a person was charged with a violation of existing law, a jury concluded the facts to be accurate and a judge passed sentence as set forth by law.

Why the pleading of an editorial writer on an issue involving a controlled dangerous substance?

Paul Smith



The Sun's May 4 editorial is correct to describe as "malicious" Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.'s two-year sentence of Pamela Snowhite Davis for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Davis, a self-described "old hippie," hurt no one and engaged in a private act that should be her constitutional right.

It's now up to the rest of us aging hippies, and everyone else

concerned with justice, not to stand by and allow such judicial sadism. . . .

Henry Cohen


What About Humanity?

Maybe I have lived too sheltered a life growing up. My parents taught me to respect my elders, to tell the truth and to be the best possible person I could. I tried always to live by these standards (but, I am by no means perfect). I also was taught to find the light of love around me, and that, in spite of everything, people are really good at heart. Well, now that I am "grown up" and on my own, I feel very disillusioned.

The tip of the iceberg came when I was driving home from work tonight and saw something outrageous. I was on a three-lane road and up ahead of me the two lanes on my side of the road divided at the blinking light. Six cars ahead, in the lane to my left, a car had on its right blinker. It was obvious the driver wanted to move to the right lane to continue straight.

For a mile, no one would let the car over. Finally, I slowed as I approached the vehicle so it could ease in front. I had to ask "why?" What damage would have been done for any of those other six drivers to let him over?

I see travesties like this every day as I travel to work on Interstates 695 and 83. I watch drivers weave between lanes, cutting off others -- to do what? Get to work five minutes earlier? These "daredevils" must really love their jobs. I need to find out what type of job it is that would urge me to risk my life and that of others!

When I got home today, I turned on the television only to see Monica Seles being stabbed in front of a crowd of thousands. As I listen to a rap performer advocate cop killing, I cringe. Listening to the results of the case of the Savage woman who was dragged to her death, I want to renounce all relations to society. I want to cry as I listen to reports of the 70-year-old woman in Chevy Chase who underwent a carjacking and was later raped. I walk around my downtown Baltimore office and watch people throw garbage in the streets and on the sidewalks when there is a garbage can less than five feet away.

I will be getting married soon and I find myself questioning whether I really want to bring children into this world. Don't misunderstand. I believe children are a treasured gift. But, it often seems as if hatred is steadily ruling out goodness in this world. I am not a pessimist, but a realist. Look around. How often do you see someone doing for others for the mere sake of kindness rather than to get something in return? I know I could teach my children all the goodness in my heart. But, I also will be forced to teach them not to trust too easily or readily. It's really a pity.

I think we, as a society, need to step back and re-evaluate the important things in life. All too often, we forget that life itself is precious. We need to remember that it is something given to us, and can be taken away without any prior notice. Michael Jackson says it best: "If you care enough for the living, make a better place, for you and for me."

Once again I ask, what happened to humankind? Maybe the answer is: human nature.

Jody B. Rosen


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