Monday, August 20, 2007

Florida To Right A Terrible Wrong? : Richard Paey


This story is a shocker to say they least, it screams out about everything that is wrong with a system, I can't call it a justice system, that's the last thing it is.
I find it beyond my comprehension how this man came to be incarcerated in the first place, it truly is one of the most disgusting examples of abuse of power I have ever come across.
Florida, and no doubt other states, should hang it's head in shame that this abhorrent situation ever came to pass.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

.....and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not
perish from the earth.

Rings kind of hollow dontcha think?

Paey also has multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair. He relies on a morphine pump provided by the state to dull his pain. The sad irony is that while Paey is allowed to self-medicate in prison, it was his self-medicating that got him there.

Paey is serving a twenty five year mandatory minimum sentence under Florida's draconian drug laws. He was convicted of drug trafficking in March of 2004 for possessing more than 100 pills. He said he needed them to treat his chronic pain. All sides conceded he never sold a single drug. Even the court of appeals for the 2nd District agreed that his sentence was unjust. So now Paey may be one step closer to freedom. more/video

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