Crime and Timely Punishment

"Moderation in the pursuit of Justice is not a virtue."  Barry Goldwater Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded 29 at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed arrested in 2003.  His crimes? Pick one. Jared Loughner killed four and shot many others on January 2011. In these cases, the question of who is the responsible party is settled.    What we have today, in this country, is the moderation to which Goldwater referred.  Delay. Delay.   Is it not true that the greater the time elapsed from the criminal event to the punishment, the greater the disconnect between that nefarious act and the penalty?  Swift resolution has its deterrent effects. And a fair question.  Does the delay in meting out the punishment encourage more of these types of crimes?  Is the '15 minutes' of fame the attraction for these types of perpetrators?  Not in all cases, but in some, it seems notoriety is the goal of the perpetrator.  What...(Read Full Post)