I'm not going to discuss the case, the evidence, the flawed judicial system, or the blatant disregard of human life. Not today. Today, I'll take a different perspective to explore the root of why things went so terribly wrong. The concept is simple: grace and mercy.
In a world where the gulf between haves and have-nots becomes ever wider, the coin of the realm is indifference to the disadvantaged, genuflection to those ugly yet persistent qualities which seem to pass for standard behavior.
A mass, collective pardon of nonviolent offenders would reunite hundreds of thousands of families, save billions of dollars in incarceration costs, and might foster a national spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
In the wake of a series of highly-publicized killings of young children by Texas mothers suffering from post-partum mental disorders, a state representative from Houston has introduced long overdue legislation that will recognize the mitigating circumstances surrounding such acts.