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Crime and punishment

June 30, 2009 - Steve Murch
There are two videos with relation to crime that have some interesting twists. The first is a sequel, if you will, to a video from a couple of years ago; the other is something I can't believe doesn't happen more often.

Prisoners in a Philippines prison - 1,500 inmates to be precise- choreographed a tribute to Michael Jackson (links to the video is at the right). A couple of years ago the inmates choregraphed Thriller and the video was a viral phenomenon. Millions of people viewed it. This one probably has the same potential because you just have to shake your head at the fact it's prisoners doing it. The inmates did it in 10 hours.

Now, try to image the population of the Southern Michigan Correctional Facilty (formerly known as the state prison) getting together to do a dance routine to the latest Usher song – after all, you don't want to copy the Philippine inmates and do Michael Jackson. How long do you think it would take to have them come together to do a routine? Never sounds about right.

The other video, this one from WJRT-TV in Flint (link also to the right), is much closer to home. Friday morning in a Genessee County courtroom a person alleged to have killed Alex Pace Jr. was jumped by the father of the victim in court.

The father, Alex Sr., punched Juanell Darrough after, according to Pace, he smiled at the victim's family when he walked passed them in court. After the punch chaos erupted and you can see the defense attorney dive under a table. In the video, you see a mug shot of the victim's father smiling. Most people would say justifiably so. How many family members of victims haven't wanted to do the same thing?

In a way, it's kind of surprising you don't see more violence like this in courts. While there are corrections officers in courtrooms the opportunity for violence definitely seems to be there. Maybe it speaks well of the general respect people have for the courtroom itself, or maybe it's the trust people have that the system will work. Either way, thankfully, we don't have more of those events in courtrooms.

If Darrough is found guilty of killing the younger Pace he'll likely face hard time. Maybe by that time inmates will be choreographing dance routines as a form of rehabilitation.


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