Scattered Images in My Mind Perception is everything

RIGHT UNTIL PROVED WRONG

We touch the fragile wings of a butterfly even if we know it may never fly again...because we can
We touch the fragile wings of a butterfly even if we know it may never fly again...because we can
We laugh on our children's innocence and urge them to grow up fast in our modern cynical world where everything is for sale...because we can
We laugh on our children's innocence and urge them to grow up fast in our modern cynical world where everything is for sale...because we can
We teach our children that shopping is the best passtime, to shop even if they do not need anything...because we can
We teach our children that shopping is the best passtime, to shop even if they do not need anything...because we can
We love our meat and eat it and eat it, even if the meat production is one of the biggest polluters of our environment and it is not good for our health...because we can
We love our meat and eat it and eat it, even if the meat production is one of the biggest polluters of our environment and it is not good for our health...because we can
We build faster and higher and higher...because we can
We build faster and higher and higher...because we can
We grow roses on a desert floor and use all our water resources for it....because we can
We grow roses on a desert floor and use all our water resources for it....because we can
We live and work all day long in superficial environments with optimal lightening and airconditioning forgeting about the world outside...because we can
We live and work all day long in superficial environments with optimal lightening and airconditioning forgeting about the world outside...because we can
We love our shops with artificial lights and airconditioning and spend there our money...because we can
We love our shops with artificial lights and airconditioning and spend there our money...because we can
After our stressful days we love to spend our evening in a cinema or theatre and forget about the sorrows of our planet...because we can
After our stressful days we love to spend our evening in a cinema or theatre and forget about the sorrows of our planet...because we can
We spend our holiday in exclusive hotels above all the poverty and dirt...because we can
We spend our holiday in exclusive hotels above all the poverty and dirt...because we can
We take photos of the native inhabitants of our holiday destination and then forget about them...because we can
We take photos of the native inhabitants of our holiday destination and then forget about them...because we can
We close our eyes outside our comfort zone where we can see...
We close our eyes outside our comfort zone where we can see...
our natural environment destroyed,
our natural environment destroyed,
vandalized
vandalized
and our water polluted in the name of progress and civilization ...because we can
and our water polluted in the name of progress and civilization ...because we can
We hide in the comfort of our house full of souvenirs we bought on our travels all around the world...because we can
We hide in the comfort of our house full of souvenirs we bought on our travels all around the world...because we can
In comfort of our home, among our collected treasures we dream about free love, justice and peace...because we can
In comfort of our home, among our collected treasures we dream about free love, justice and peace...because we can
We abandon our pets if we are fed up with them...because we can
We abandon our pets if we are fed up with them...because we can
Our grown up children battle with depression and lack of vision for future so we pay them overseas holiday...because we can
Our grown up children battle with depression and lack of vision for future so we pay them overseas holiday...because we can
They go and try to save the world, they go to save whales from Japanese fishermen...because they can
They go and try to save the world, they go to save whales from Japanese fishermen...because they can
We fly to Europe to see some culture and so shopping...because we can
We fly to Europe to see some culture and so shopping...because we can
We come back home to celebrate our forebearers who invaded this country and took it from Aboriginals
We come back home to celebrate our forebearers who invaded this country and took it from Aboriginals
We go fishing because we like it although fish stock is depleted
We go fishing because we like it although fish stock is depleted
and catch some fish, although we don't use it...because we can
and catch some fish, although we don't use it...because we can
We keep driving on the beach with our heavy fourwheeldrive although we pollute water and kill sand creatures...because we can
We keep driving on the beach with our heavy fourwheeldrive although we pollute water and kill sand creatures...because we can
We keep planting new orchards
We keep planting new orchards
and establishing new farms although there is no more water left
and establishing new farms although there is no more water left
and all used and reused farming land is slowly lost to salinity.
and all used and reused farming land is slowly lost to salinity.
We go and relax on the beach and forget all about it....because we can
We go and relax on the beach and forget all about it....because we can
We avoid a dead fish suffocated in a floating plastic bag...because we can
We avoid a dead fish suffocated in a floating plastic bag...because we can
We pat a wildlife manta ray even if it can endanger her life...because we can
We pat a wildlife manta ray even if it can endanger her life...because we can
We feed a wildlife kangaroo even if it means it gets used to it and will not be able to feed itself...because we can
We feed a wildlife kangaroo even if it means it gets used to it and will not be able to feed itself...because we can
We collect, kill and eat everything alive around us if we want new delicacy to enrich our palate...because we can
We collect, kill and eat everything alive around us if we want new delicacy to enrich our palate...because we can
Then we see a bird on a dry tree and wonder why he is there not realising that...
Then we see a bird on a dry tree and wonder why he is there not realising that...
we occupy all the living space and he has nowhere else to go...
we occupy all the living space and he has nowhere else to go...
We just hide in the anonymity of our city passing the time...
We just hide in the anonymity of our city passing the time...
We don't like to see our poor neighbourhood...so we avoid to look that way.
We don't like to see our poor neighbourhood...so we avoid to look that way.
We make our mark somewhere in our city so we are not forgotten
We make our mark somewhere in our city so we are not forgotten
We forget everything partying and enjoying life...because we can
We forget everything partying and enjoying life...because we can
Long lost Aboriginals look at us from the old photos remembering their own traditional way of life but we don't meet their eyes...our perception is different, we know that they are wrong and WE ARE RIGHT...are we?
Long lost Aboriginals look at us from the old photos remembering their own traditional way of life but we don't meet their eyes...our perception is different, we know that they are wrong and WE ARE RIGHT...are we?

Our Perception is Everything





‘GUILTY UNTIL PROVED INNOCENT’;

WE SAY.

OUR PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING;

IF WE DON’T WANT TO BE GUITLY;

WE NEED TO CHANGE.







One of the most infamous
lawyers of the twentieth century





William Kunstler
who fought for civil rights
with Martin Luther King
and represented
the famed ‘Chicago 8’ activists
was the most loved
middle-class family man
and celebrated radical activist




until…





he started to defend
a black teenager,
who was accused
of rape and killing
of an innocent white girl.





Hatred from the wider community
haunted the poor black teenager
he was guilty until prove innocent
and there was still not enough evidence…





He was not convicted yet,
shot in the back of the head
in the darkness of his shabby room
and the respected community wishes
have been satisfied.





William Kunstler
defender of the accused rapist
was suddenly
the most hated
lawyer in America
looked down upon
even by his own family.





Twenty years have past
until the truth came out
an successful white American politician
was responsible for the crime.
He said:
“ I was safe because no one would believe
that I had committed that crime.”





WHY?





There is a possibility
that a very high percentage
of American prisoners
did not commit the crimes
for which they were convicted
or even executed
in our recent times.





Barry Scheck
uses DNA evidence
to free hundreds
of the falsely convicted prisoners.
His legal foundation
gets thousands of letters a year
from inmates who say
they are innocent.
Some can barely write,
many are desperate:
“ I am not the man
that did this Rape,”
writes one of them:
“ All I want is to go Home.”





A potentially wrongful conviction
is a doubt that not even death can erase.
You can’t bring the wrongly executed prisoner back.





Maybe that is the reason
Barry Scheck’s work
remains hugely controversial
with prosecutors and public alike.
A crusader for truth
no one wants to know.





WHY?





Corruption and misconducts
by policemen and prosecutors
often play a role
in wrongful convictions.





Our own prejudice and misconceptions
are so easy to manipulate,
we want to believe
that a black man, a homeless, a nobody
with no one to defend him/her,
committed a crime.
Guilty until proved innocent,
is our verdict.
Justice has been done.





And while I am writing these lines,
in one of the American infamous jails,
an old man waits on death row
waiting for his son to visit him
for the last time…






It was December 2003
in the Australian Supreme Court,
where three judges had just dismissed
the Andrew Mallard’s appeal
from 1994
for wilful murder.
He was to remain in prison for the rest
of his life.





His sister and his mother,
kind, honest, law-abiding people
with great loyalty and quiet strength
could not find anyone
among lawyers, policemen and the general public,
who would believe in his innocence,
except one,
a nine months pregnant and sobbing loudly
a young journalist,
who saw the evidence mounted
that an innocent man was behind bars and no one cares.





With her newborn baby in her arms,
she received a Congratulation card from his prison,
and a letter:
“ You were my first spark of hope
that is now a billowing flame:
you have been my life raft,
I would have drowned.
I’m tired.
Please won’t somebody let me rest?”




As most Australians know,
Andrew was released in early 2006
after unanimous High Court decision
and another man,
convicted killer
is now believed by police
to have commited the crime.





A Corruption and Crime Commission
has also found
that misconduct by two senior policemen and a prosecutor
played role in his wrongful conviction.
He has receive three millions in compensation
for his life wasted in jail,
but this is not enough in Andrew’s eye.
Justice would only be served
by those responsible for his conviction
facing what he faced:
prosecution and jail.





It would never happen,
Andrew knows it as well.
I saw him once,
Sitting at a South Perth coffee shop,
watching normal people going by,
a broken man with early grey hair,
his wrinkled eyes shining with great inner strength,
he survived.

And while I am writing these lines,
in one of the American infamous jails,
an old man waits on death row
waiting for his son to visit him
for the last time…




His son, now 49,
spent most of his life
as a victim.
When he was 6,
he saw his Mother
die,
in the hands of her violent boyfriend.
When he was a young man,
he was robbed and shot,
left on a street to die.
So when he found out,
that his father,
whom he hadn’t known as a child,
was on death row,
guilty of murder,
he went there
full of hate and resentment.





He would bring his father money
for the commissary,
and his father would give him ink portraits
of Plain Indians and buffalo he had drawn.
He asked his father directly if he had killed the man.
His father told him no,
he was a thief but not a murderer.
He believed him, but it was all too late.





He watched his father suffer
in unsuccessful death penalty procedure
before it was postponed for another time.
Finally he watched his father die.
When he questioned his father’s innocence
with a prison guide,
he just shrugged his shoulders:
“ It doesn’t matter anymore.”





Does it not?
I ask,
he asked himself,
49 old victim of our times,
a law abiding citizen until now,
he left the prison,
lonely, lost and resentful,
with no trust in justice any more,
ready to follow in his father’s footsteps
and commit his first crime.
WHY?




‘GUILTY UNTIL PROVE INNOCENT’;

WE SAY.

OUR PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING;

IF WE DON’T WANT TO BE GUITLY;

WE NEED TO CHANGE.

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVED GUILTY;

IS THE ONLY WAY…













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MickS 6 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

excellent poiece.

best

Mick


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Mick for visiting me and I am happy you liked it...all the best from Beata


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Very nice Beata -- but I'm starting to feel you should be a little more forgiving and accepting of our world, a little less judgmental and accusatory. Why? Because constantly taking the high ground and looking down on the so very human weaknesses we all share, becomes very old, very fast.

Sorry to say so, my dear friend. It comes from love. I too have traveled a lot -- Europe, North America, Africa, South America -- and while I see problems, I also see beauty, strength, hope and in many ways we are doing the best we can. That is the sad truth.

I think many of us are tired, ever so tired of being constantly bombarded with bad news, reports of doom and gloom, we should fear, dread, mourn --- until we are overwhelmed.

Give us balance.


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Actually, I came back to explain the above comment is in regards to the text under the photographs, not Innocence Project which I happen to believe in and support.

Sorry if I hurt your feelings, but I do find it dreary, my dear.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

In school I was taught that mans ability to adapt to the enviroment led to civilization...a dying one built by not the ability to adapt but to infringe over what gives us life.

As a marijuana smoker in my youth I was persecuted for something I believed in.

I invest my money in green technology among other things I selectivly do for the enviroment but I'm afraid domination is human nature and part of the circle of life...


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Right on sister, I love your passion. Your writing reminds me of another of my favorite people in life, who I've admired since the 60's, Angela Davis. If you don't know of her please take the time to find out about her. I just finished her book "Are Prisons Obsolete" Wow!!! Peace and Justice!! Tom


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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

You can only imagine how these experiences smother the spirit. To not be believed is an invalidation of life and to plead your innocence to deaf ears - it hurts to even imagine it.


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paul_gibsons 6 years ago from Gibsons, BC, Canada

Justice and the justice system are not about retribution,providing closure, "fairness", but concerned with one thing and one thing only: upholding the law. And if the demands of the law are fulfilled, Justice is done. Wrongful convictions in those terms are only those where the demands of the law were not fulfilled and have nothing to do with whether the person actually "did" it or not. If the available evidence says he "did", he did. If the course of justice was perverted by suppressing or false evidence or testimony, then the "deliberate wrongdo-er" should be liable for compensation to the wrongly convicted victim, not the state. Unless the "wrongdo-er" was working in an official capacity for the state and on the case, in which case the state is liable.

A friend of mine's husband was murdered and she was going to the trial to see justice done. What she meant of course was getting compensation in the form of satisfaction that the "b****rd" was put behind bars for...and then she realized that no amount of time served or sentenced, not even the death penalty which we dont do here anyway, could ever compensate for the loss she and her then 3 year old daughter were suffering. Every day. So she did not go as she had no interest as to whether the law was upheld; that is for others, the state, the law-givers. That did nothing for her. "Justice" capital-J was to be served, but she would never get any "justice" as we outside the system tend to think of it from that. There just isn't any way to achieve that under this or any other system I can think of.. Not even the death penalty. Especially not the death penalty..


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear readers for your trully inspirational and honest answers, love them all...writing is alive if brings in a lot of discussion...love from Beata


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I read down through the pictures first. I see the truth, although I try to do better...I see the truth.

"Then we see a bird on a dry tree and wonder why he is there..."

This line broke my heart. I guess we need to look past ourselves to the bigger picture.

I love how you arranged this hub! A story on one side...and a beautiful poem with pictures on the other. Both telling stories that intersect. This is a beautiful hub! Thanks for sharing. :D


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oscillationatend 6 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

Totally moving, thank you.

Responsibility to the responsible!


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much my dear readers for your uplifting comments, I felt and it was also commented on that I am too harsh on myself and us...but sometimes I feel we have to be critical not to loose what we really care about...thank you and have a great day...and do not worry there are still many green trees with colourful and happy birds on...love from Beata


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Balancing the need for justice and fairness has always been a problem, you are very right!!


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear Carolina for supporting me in my opinion...all the best from Beata


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Nicely done, Beata -- and unique. You've certainly made your point. We must always be diligent in upholding justice.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear William, it is honour to receive so nice compliment from an experienced writer such as you...all the best from Beata


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flread45 6 years ago from Montana

That's the truth


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear 'firead45' for agreeing with me but we can not forget there is also so much kindness, care and beauty in the world...truth is as always somewhere in between or like i said it depends on our perception...


mailme.lagar 6 years ago

splendid and real pieces to see. Thank you.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'mailme' for stopping by and spend your time with my writing...happy you liked it...all the best to you from Beata


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telltale 6 years ago

Well said... "guilty until proven innocent", but that's not what was taught in law schools... sad state of affairs. Well thought off hub. Thanks so much for it.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'telltale' for spending your time reading my hub, we can not changed the world, but at least we can point out what is wrong..because we care..all the best to you from Beata


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you suggest one 6 years ago from NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND

Dear Beata,the perception of life and the way it was meant to be lived is different for each and everyone of us,and that is what makes this world such a fascinating place,and sometimes such a cruel place,unfortunately the rules that most of us live by are created by people who have no intentions of living by the same rules(someone has to sit in the high chair)and it is this that leads to so much hipocritical violence perpetrated by those who are afraid that one day the oppressed will finally run out of patience and all the rules will be scrapped and the ones who occupy the high ground will be brought crashing down to a sense of what life is really all about,we should all enjoy the immense beauty of this world we live in,it belongs to us all,man and animals,unfortunately life dictates the food chain and fortunately for man we are at the top(for now)this wasn't always so and will change again just as the world climate is changing once again and has done for millions of years and once again fortunately there is nothing we can do about it,if we did manage to halt this change in climate has anyone stopped to consider what will happen when mother nature takes her revenge,meanwhile we should enjoy this time we have and allow all people to live the way they want to,noone has the right to impose their will on anyone else.Please keep on writing and communicating with the rest of mankind(especially me).Take care,Tony Martin.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Tony for your special words, I am very grateful that you took your precious time to read my reflections and respond on them so honestly and thoroughly:) All the best to you Tony and looking forward to more valuable messages from you...Beata


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

I do wander why is it that one is guilty until proven being innocent? The US constitution is reading opposite.


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Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

You said it well,and with great presentation.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Vladimir and Apostle Jack for your comments, I don't know, Vladimir, why is the theory different to the practice...maybe because is easier to write something and harder to act upon it:)

Happy you liked it Jack:)


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Beautifully put together. One side speaks to unguided vengeance as a parody of justice, the other side to the tragedies that can occur when people confuse irresponsibilty with freedom. Well Done.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

You said it beautifully FitnezzJim, i couldn't do it better...thank you my new friend:)


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qwark 5 years ago

G'mornin' Beata:

Thanks fore becoming a "follower" friend!

I always read and respond to a "hub" written by a new Friend.

You write thoughtfully and with passion.

Mans injustices to man have been experienced since his history has been recorded.

There is no doubt it will continue.

We are an incipient species which has gained the anomaly: "consciousness."

It is that "anomaly" that is causing the 'toddler" man to carry on as he does.

He is having difficulty adapting it to "Mother Natures" absolute fiats for survival.

That, evolved "anomaly," may be the perpetrator of his eventual demise.

Excellent!

I voted this hub up and beautiful.

Qwark


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my new friend, your kind approval of my writing and your vote encourages me to continue with my reflections:)...love and peace to you my new friend:)


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Dr Bill Tollefson 5 years ago from Southwest Florida

Very well done HUB! Human perception is a complicated issue. It is the gateway to thought and colors how we think and in the end result how we behave. Perception filters everything into our brains. Perception is based on what we learned and who taught us. You did a great job on looking at filters effects law in the world.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much dear Bill for your encouraging comment and good luck with your hubbing:)


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

Great hub; I pray mankind will open their eyes.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

We can only hope, dear 'Froggy' and meanwhile just write about it:)


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

I voted up ,awesome ,interesting,useful because it IS! thanks for the read!:)


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks dear Jami for stopping by and leaving me so encouraging comment:)...all the best with your hubbing my new friend...


logic,commonsense 5 years ago

Most cannot deal with reality, therefore perception is what's accepted. Some cannot even deal with that and have to rely on psychotropic drugs to get through the day.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

So true, my dear friend, so true:)...and some of us live on the edge between dreamland and reality, dreaming about the world it should be and living in reality it should, using their senses (common sense as well I hope:) and their mind and heart all the way....


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A very well-written piece of work! I am looking forward to reading more by you. Thank you so much. Voted UP! VC


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my HP friend for stopping by and taking your time to read it, I am very happy it was worthwhile for you:)...see you next time...


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

wow, what lovely writing. Excellent read, and so very true. Keep writing, you have a gift.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Rebecca, happy to share 'my gift' with you, thanks for visiting me, hope you come back again:)


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

I saw the doco about Andrew's case. He was obviously wrongfully convicted and action should have been taken earlier. The system in the US seems to much different to here and fraught with unjust verdicts. I was out of the country when Lindy chamberlain was charged with murder. When I found out about the case I couldn't believe how bias everyone was against her. The so called facts were obviously ridiculous, but the general public wanted her hung drawn and quartered. We know that some people evade the law. OJ being a prime example and many guilty people get off on technicalities. Everyone deserves a fair trial, but not everyone gets one. Great hub. Cheers


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubber for your great response and I agree totally with you, people are often biased and 'bent the law' accordingly to suit their opinions and their individual perceptions...we are all humans and do mistakes and yes, we all know that powerful people or people with connections know how to use the law to their advantages...fairness in law doesn't exist unfortunately, never did and never will...


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

So much to think about here. In the US there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, at least we're supposed to do it that way. A former teacher slash boyfriend of mine went to jail for a crime (armed robbery) that he admitted to doing. He had a great story about why he had to do it, yes, unhunh. He said they pinned a lot of other unsolved crimes on him to get them off the books. Of course he did lie about some things. Which things was the real question.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Compelling writing and subject matter, well written and with obvious commitment. I look forward to reading more of your work Beata. Cheers.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your real life story Peg and for you encouraging comment dear Tony, I think the theme of guilt contra innocence always catches our interest for the obvious reason, it is not a black and white issue....it is grey....we are all fragile human beings all of us guilty of something and wrongly accused of something....balance is the key:)


soumyasrajan 5 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! Beata

A very sad story indeed. I knew about it but still read again whole thing. You have presented very well. It is good to read again such stories to keep oneself careful that we never get moved by mob mentality. Acts of society often become cruel for some body, society does come back and tries to correct but some times by that time life of the person affected is shattered. Indeed very sad.

You chose very nice photographs to take away a little sadness (I thought at least, it is good to do that) but you increased also a bit further by keeping sad captions. I agree with advise of some people here, while it is sad fact, we have to keep proper perspective and be careful that we ourselves do not become victim of the same judgmental mentality and judge society also in just one way.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear fellow hubber for your thorough and insightful comment...very wise advice indeed...we have to be very careful with our judgments especially when we are very passionate about something....it is always a balancing act and learning is the key...I will keep practising my balancing skills my new friend...thank you...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very interesting and I enjoyed the commentary as well! Now this is one of those hubs that will keep me thinking.....and that is always a good thing! Voted up!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you my new HP friend...if my hub makes you keep thinking, I can not ask for anything more:)


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beata, your unique & virtuous hub's message is truly taken to heart here. Innocent till truly proved guilty is the only way. Monsters like Stalin say better 100 people innocent be killed than one guilty gets away.~:)


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Alastar for stopping by and leaving me your encouraging comment, you are right we can not stop leaders, just like Stalin has been but at least we can raise our voices...to make people aware what is happening because at the end only people in great numbers if they stand as one...can demand change...


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Notasheep 5 years ago

This hub speaks the truth. I admire you for shedding light on the corruption in the world. Yes we are human, we make mistakes, but in my opinion many many people have lost sight of the true meaning of life(whatever it may be to them), and are consumed with material/superficial, things. When I walk outside, and observe the world around me I can see the beauty that so many people ignore, abuse, and neglect daily. As well as the animals that are mistreated because man relys on them for pets, fashion, food, and most importantly profits. They are inhabitants of our earth too, but because they are lower on the food chain, they do not matter. The innocent people who's lives are wasted, because another human is in a position of higher power are no different, treated like garbage with no voice. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Lovely hub. I enjoy reading these. :)


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubber for 'pouring your heart out', you are a passionate and sensitive soul and there is so much wrong with our world..and just like you I needed to pour all the anxieties and injustices out....to see the world from perspective...to see that every 'coin has two sides'....and 'sorrow and beauty' go side by side....


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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

INCREDIBLY powerful!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, dear Maren happy that my hub 'talked to you and moved you'...I can not ask for more:)


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

I will be back to this and other work you have done. I only skimmed it and need more time to really appreciate the total package. I see we have similar perception.

It is encouraging that people half way around the world are on a similar wavelength. Change does't come easily. It starts with the heart.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow 'teacher from the heart'....sometimes you feel like living on a deserted island among the people who speak another language, although they are your countrymen and then you click on a site from another side of the world and there you find a person speaking another language and yet talking from your heart...paradoxes of our modern times:)....we are not alone:)


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

That's comforting. Many of my countrymen are hard cases.


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carolinemd21 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

This is amazing.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy you liked it Caroline, all the best with your hubbing my new friend and hope you come back again:)


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gary dube 5 years ago from India

Well the power of your hub has hit me like a bolt.. I need to do justice by giving the best of my time to this.. Injustice galore, hypocrisy.. And your passion.. Hope you are OK


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Gary....I go through 'rough patch' because of my health problems, but I am no different to any of you up there...all of us have something to deal with, to overcome...at least I am very lucky to live comfortably with good health care and enough money to survive next day:) I really do not have right to complain, I often hear people in this wonderful Australia to cry when they are suddenly faced with a difficulty: "I don't deserve this!" I think: "Yes, you do, in spite of your personal tragedies and problems, YOU ARE STILL MORE LUCKY THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD, so just do not complain":)....as you see Gary, I am passionate, hope you have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by:)


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ShyeAnne 5 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

'Justice', as defined by most humans, does not come close to correct definition of the word;

Justice is a concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, or equity, along with the punishment of the breach of said ethics; justice is the act of being just and/or fair.(as defined by Wikipedia)

I have a handful of friends through the years that have been incarcerated for a variety of crimes and/or misdemeanors.

Regardless of guilt or innocence, there is nothing 'just' about how we treat our fellow humans in prison. My hope is that someday, the human race evolves to a place where we rehabilitate rather than punish those that have been found guilty, either by evidence or simply design.

Who among us can define 'moral rightness?' Blame, blame, blame someone else. There is a vast array of marginalized humans for us to pin our tresspasses on.

Very thought provoking piece Beata.

Peace.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Very thought provoking answer, my dear fellow hubber, thank you...all the best from Beata


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

Outstanding! Very valid points. Sad. Takes a good look at the perception of the collective too! Awesome poem. Thanks for sharing neighbour!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks for stopping by my dear neighbour and happy your stay was worthwhile:)...looking forward to hear my neighbour to knock on my hubpage 'imaginative door' again:)


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Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

This article was the deepest piece I've read in a long time. You laid out your point most interestingly with the images on the right discribing the type of mindset that allows what is on the right to ocurr. You are quite skillful. Smile!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Carlon, you have followed my thread very cleverly and discovered the connection between the right and the left ...passages of my writings, the skillfulness of a writer has to match the skillfulness of a reader in order to get the whole meaning across...THANK YOU, you are very skullful. Smile!


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poornimasrinath 4 years ago from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA

The pictures describe our desires which has no ceiling in a very interesting and informative way...As long as there is no righteousness injustice would be the result..The society has to start changing..we will get there soon


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

We will, dear fellow hubber we will:)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wrongful conviction. A sin, a crime and a shame in and of itself. There are far too many. It is too easy for the corrupt to lie and twist the facts to suit their own selfish motives. We need a million Barry Schecks....a million Project Innocencees....sadly, this will never happen. Thank you for this powerful piece.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for reading it:)...all the best with your hubbing and looking forward to hear from you again:)


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Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

People do bad things. Does man adapt to his environment or change that environment to suit his needs? Guilty before innocent... even outside the court system, so many people are found guilty with rumors and slander... you write with profound honesty. I'm glad I stopped by.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

I am glad you stopped by too, dear Nancy and left me this profound comment...looking forward to hear from you again:)


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Honorablewoman 4 years ago from Georgia

One Word describes this hub, AMAZING!


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GoldenBird 4 years ago

I don't know how will you take it, but I must say this- You sound like Mahatma Gandhi. He fought for truth, and he never used violent methods to reach his objectives.

I am quite speechless right now, after reading and seeing this 'piece'. I can only say this:-

*the Creator's spirit is still alive!*


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers, but you put on the pediestal I don't really belong...I am just an amateur poet and photographer, a teacher by profession whose everyday work inspires her to maybe ponder little more deeply about life in general:)


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Clayton Fernandes 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

i really loved this Hub Beata, Very well done. Have you seen the movie Convicted, Its Wonderful and potrays everything you say here. I also love the picture of the beach in dubai, i kinda giggled like a school girl, cause i hang out in that same spot almost every 2nd day with a few friends haha!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

The picture of the beach in Dubai was taken by my daughter on our stopover to Europe, love Dubai too and stop there always on my way to my home country:) Say 'hello' to my beach when you walk there next time:) All the best Clayton and looking forward to hear from you again:)


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Clayton Fernandes 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oh i will, next time i'll leave you a msg there haha!. Probably write something like B.Stasak @ Hubpages rawks!. I'm still reading your hubs atm lol! very awesome!


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I have to admire this piece for your skill and intelligence. However I am about tired of people from other countries talking smack about the USA. Your perception is just that . . . your perception from WA. I don't think you can see clearly from there. If you want to be a reformer, start with the Aborigines and work your way out from there.

"There is a possibility

that a very high percentage

of Australian prisoners

did not commit the crimes

for which they were convicted

or even executed

in our recent times."

There, that's a better thing for you to worry about, mate.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear WD Curry 111, I am very sorry that you feel offended, it is true to say that I am very critical of my adopted country and of my home country as well, I am aware of it, but also I am aware that we are critical of things we care about and love the most:) If you read more of my hubs you would find out I am always looking at the 'great divides' in Australian society, mining, land ownership, patritiosm, climate, censorship, wealth distribution, boat people, hippies versus hoons, tidy towns versus untidy towns...there is so much to care about...I am not a reformer, I am not here to change the world, I am an ordinary citizen who cares about the beautiful country that is my home now:) But I am also open to the constructive criticism of Australia from others and I take your example to the heart:)

Concerning America, it was the first country I dreamt about, locked in the Eastern European Communist country in my teenager's years, it represented everything we have been denyed back then: freedom, opportunity, justice...and it didn't change. My son recently lives there and loves America, so you can say it is 'our family country' as well. There is a big possibilty, that my Grandchildren will be Americans, there are new times, now, dear WD Curry, there is no more your and my country, your and my issues...it is about us, not me and you:)


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

True that. I am not offended. I just like to keep things reality based. We have the best criminal justice system in the world. Sorry, it sucks. If our education system is so bad, then why does everyone in the world clamor to come here to study and rip off our ideas?

I should explain. I am a regionalist. I believe our best bet for success is to focus on problems, relationships, industry and business in our autonomous regions. Globalization is a travesty and will leave regions in the lurch when goods and services are withheld for whatever reason.

In the USA, we have freedom of speech. Since the internet arrived, the whole world is exercising it to speak into our issues. I am just suggesting that you use your freedom of speech at home.

As far as "infamous jails" I suppose they are better in Eastern Europe, Mexico, Asia and everywhere else. If you want to pound a drum, how about pushing for the release of Christians who are being held and tortured for practicing their faith.

Excellent photos and presentation by the way! Peace.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Got your point, dear 'WD Curry 111', it is true to say, that the Eastern European jails and even Russian jails, I was unlucky enough to visit in the past had been horrendous but no one was and even today is aware of it. Many countries just like Russia still live behind the 'closed doors' and thus unavailable for criticism. The USA has been and still is the most discussed country and I think it is to its advantage not disadvantage. Thank you for explaining the 'regionalist ground' you stand on and believe in. Now I understand you point of view more:) Thank you for acknowledging my creative piece and all the best my peaceful friend from the other side of the world, where the great America of our dreams lies:)


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I suppose there is more than one way to start a friendship. It takes at least one person with grace. You da wo-man!


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Don't get me wrong. I know you da wo-man.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Ha, ha, don't worry, my new-old friend, I am open to everything, just bring it on:) I strongly believe that differences bond us more than similarities, we are richer for it in the end...we can learn from each other so much:)


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

We were only aquaintances before. Celebrate diversity!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Always, my friend, always...

In doing so I am also honouring my family, coming from the heart of Europe, the members of my family in both World Wars fought against each other (not always by choice) and continued to oppose each other in different political systems...we have survived through all of this and we still meet around the family table due to love, forgiveness and understanding that we are diverse, but we are still 'one family'.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I hope your attitude is contagiuos.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

From the members of my followers and many friends I have met in the hub world in the past two years, I assume it is:) All the best with hubbing and living in that great country of yours, just got a letter from my son, he loved it there:) B

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