blindfolded lady with sword in right hand held vertically down to floor, and a set of balance scales in her left hand held neck high   Lady Justice can be one fickle animal, at least when courts intervene.

The application of the ancient legal maxim dating back centuries that “Justice delayed is justice denied” becomes a legal minefield when activist jurists and ignorant juries delay, deny, and subvert fairness and equity in the interests of ideology or misperceived guilt.  

Convicted murderer Duane Buck is an individual currently benefiting from delayed justice.  

Found guilty and sentenced to death by lethal injection in Texas, Buck ultimately appealed his sentence to the Supreme Court of the United States which finally and tersely said it would consider his appeal hours before his scheduled execution. 

Buck was supposedly praying in his Death Row cell when advised of the reprieve and said,  “Praise the Lord!  God is worthy to be praised.  God’s mercy triumphs over judgment.  I feel good,” as well he should, although he made no mention of whether his former girlfriend, another man, and his stepsister felt very good when he shot all three on July 30, 1995.  

Buck’s appeal was based on his lawyers’ allegation that race had been a factor in his death sentence because, as HuffingtonPost.com reports, “a psychologist testified that black people were more likely to commit violence.” 

Texas-death-chamber   Regardless of the validity of that testimony, Buck got his stay of execution but may still see the inside of the death chamber.  In his case, justice, probably, has only been temporarily delayed.  

In its article on the Duane Buck matter, HuffPo devoted as much attention to Texas Governor Rick Perry, who happens to be a pro-capital punishment candidate for the Republican nomination for the presidency, as to Duane Buck.  Executing reprobates is a no-no to sensitive liberals such as Ariana Huffington and the article went out of its way to highlight Perry’s views and paint him as just one more insensitive, bloodthirsty conservative. (http://tiny.cc/ary92) 

Abolishing capital punishment is a newly-popular, civilized thing to do in the Western world.  

Personally, I’m ambivalent on the issue even though I think making executions all comfy for convicted murderers with injections that blithely send them off to la-la land and to their Maker serve little purpose other than to create a public impression that to take  someone’s life is a crime tantamount to nosepicking. 

Perhaps a just and reasonable alternative would be life imprisonment in, say, a Mexican or Iranian prison?  

A variation on justice denied and subverted involves a Florida couple. 

To appreciate the following miscarriage of justice, the reader can’t be a liberal since abortion is a veritable sacrament to libs, an altar on which to worship, a platform on which to campaign.  Liberals should stop reading at this point and instead revel on Duane Buck’s good fortunes.  

I don’t know if Floridians Rodolfo Santana and Ana Mejia wanted a baby but they conceived and gave birth to one. 

They had consulted Dr. Marie Morel and OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches and subsequently contended they weren’t told that Bryan Santana, now three, would be born with no arms and just one leg, horrible deformities Ana admitted they would have averted by aborting Bryan had they known in advance.

   They wanted $9 million in recompense for inadequate information from Dr. Morel and OB/GYN Specialists.  A West Palm Beach jury gave them half, $4.5 million, for giving birth to a severely disabled child, a rich award, indeed, but not a disability deemed worthy of twice that amount. 

None of this is really about Bryan Santana or Rodolfo Santana or Ana Mejia.  It concerns America’s system of justice, a system which indulges a convicted multiple murderer like Duane Buck with extended days on Earth and which rewards people like Santana and Mejia with millions because of an accident of nature. 

Young Bryan deserves all the attention and money he can get, careful, loving attention from Rodolfo and Ana.  The equitable bone of contention is whether Dr. Morel, OB/GYN Specialists should make the payments. 

Medical malpractice is a serious issue in America today, as are judicial and jury  nullifications of common sense.  As pointed out by quadriplegic Marc Sherman, the  greater horror of this case is not Bryan Santana’s disability but his parents’ reaction to it and a judge and jury’s apparent concurrence that an abortion would have cured everything.  

Said Sherman, ”A disability is just a natural part of life.  A person with a disability has just as much worth and just as much as importance as anybody else. . . They should get to choose how they want to live.” (http://bit.ly/qHMVBk)  

That opinion was not shared in Florida where Rodolfo Santana and Ana Mejia were awarded millions simply because they didn’t get to abort Bryan when they had the chance. 

Lady Justice should be blindfolded but not violated as she was with the murderer Duane Buck and the almost-murdered Bryan Santana.