Isaiah Kalebu was found guilty on all counts. When someone does something as horrible as he did we still give him a fair trial. We still give him an attorney and let him speak in his defense to a dozen members of the public who will decide his fate.
The good in our justice system doesn’t come up as often as the flaws on this blog. We talk a lot about the failures of the drug war. We talk about racial disparities. We talk about the very real problems with the death penalty. We focus on these and other problems instead of the good because the problems can, hopefully, be fixed. Hopefully more attention can help alleviate the problems.
But the system does work sometimes. It does put away a murderer. It showed evidence. It was fair. It gave the defendant his day in court. Hopefully, the surviving victim can find some comfort in the verdict. Hopefully we’re a little safer with Kalebu behind bars.