“An Eye For an Eye…A Tooth for a Tooth.” This saying was coined from the Code of King Hammurabi, who was the King of Babylon (1792-1750B.C). The Saying was also used in the Bible…
“Ye Have Heard it hath said, An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (Matthew 5:38). Most people, even those that have are uneducated have heard this phrase many times. However, most people that hear it may misinterpret the true meaning. Nonetheless, it means exactly what it says. Seriously, have you ever thought deeply about the saying and how it applies in modern society. Oh yeah, that’s right, it doesn’t…At least not in the United States.

Speaking of this saying, I thought about it just the other day when I was watching CNN, and saw the Jodi Arias trial come to a conclusion… well not really. Jodi Arias was convicted of First Degree Murder for killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. For those people that are not familiar with the Arias case, Jodi Arias, now 32 was just convicted for brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend. The trial, which took over five months, became a very high profile case and Jodi was made a celebrity because of it and received a ton of publicity.

Jodi was convicted for the stabbing and shooting murder of Travis Alexander in 2008. Jodi Arias and Travis had dated for a short period and then broke up. Well, Arias became obsessed with Alexander and stalked him…they still met up a few times for physical relations. After the murder, it was discovered that Arias and Alexander shared a pretty intense and over the top sexual relationship. When Jodi was arrested, she first denied the murder. Jodi was a beautiful blonde “bombshell” who would never fit the stereotype of someone who could commit murder. However, all of the evidence pointed to her guilt. Any intelligent person can see that this case became high profile for a few reasons…Jodi’s looks, the sexual escapades of her and the deceased, and the back and forth, changing stories that were thrown around by Arias.

Although Arias was found guilty by the Jury in a unanimous decision, the Jury could not give her the Death Penalty. Arias had claimed the entire time that she was mentally and physically abused by Alexander before she killed him in cold blood. The same Jury that found her guilty of the crime could not come to an agreement on the Death Penalty or Life in Prison without the possibility of parole. Now a retrial will occur with a new jury, beginning on July 18th where she can either be sentenced to Die or Go to Prison for the rest of her adult life.

This is just one of the many cases that shows how futile America’s Judicial System is today. First of all, I am totally against the Death Penalty if it is not used in the proper way. What I mean by this…is that I support the Death Penalty 100 Percent, but it must be used in the right way. The Death Penalty, otherwise known as “Capital Punishment” is a legal process where a person is convicted to die for a crime. Currently today, 58 Total Nations practice Capital Punishment…while 97 Countries have abolished it. There are currently 32 out of the 52 States in the U.S. that institute the Death Penalty.

New Jersey does not use the Death Penalty, as it was abolished in 2007. Capital Punishment is one of the most controversial topics in today’s society. I actually wrote a Thesis on the topic in College way back when, lol. But in all seriousness, the Death Penalty today is a “joke” with all of the appeals and even the way it is used, today almost all states use lethal injection, which has deadly chemicals injected into the criminal as they are put to death.

In my opinion, America’s Judicial System sucks today for many reasons. The main reason that our Criminal Code fails miserably is because it is “weak.” By weak, I mean there are too many cracks in the surface and it is so inconsistent, but mostly these codes do not do much to stop would be crimes from occurring. This could be very different if the system was revamped under the “Eye for An Eye” Method.

Lets first look at the Death Penalty. If someone knowingly commits murder in any way, besides self defense (domestic violence, abuse, law enforcement, etc.) and the person is found guilty, there should be No Life In Prison. The person should automatically be sentenced to Death, with no possibility of appeal or years of time in death row. If a criminal shoots someone, they should be shot execution style. If someone stabs another human being to death, that person should also be stabbed to death. If a person burns someone, they should be set on fire. This would go on where the penalty matches the crime. Think about it…do you not think that people would think twice of committing murder if they knew that they would automatically get death themselves. And don’t you think it would be even more effective if the criminal knew beforehand that the penalty would match the crime??

Capital Punishment, as I stated is a complete joke today. All of its layers real of weakness and focus too much on the humane side of the argument. Was the murderer humane when they committed their crime? Hell No!!!! Well, if you shoot someone in the United States you will be executed by a firing squad. For the terrorist in the Boston Bombing, you will face a bomb in a steel cell that is made up of all of the same materials that were used in your crime. For Jodi Arias, you will be hacked to death with a meat cleaver and stabbed with a knife. If you kill someone with a baseball bat, you will then be beaten to death. This list could go on and on…but I think my point was made.

Lets look at other crimes. If you steal, your hand should be chopped off. If you steal multiple times, all of your limbs should be cut off. If you beat someone and abuse them, you should be beaten and abused. If you rape someone and are convicted…you should be raped by someone in prison. How about credit fraud or identity theft, well this crime should be in the form of punishment that hurts your pockets.

Lets look at other crimes like Driving Under the Influence. First of all, if you kill someone while under the influence and are successfully convicted of manslaughter, you should automatically be sent to prison for life, without the possibility of parole. If you are arrested for a non fatal killing and are convicted of a DUI, you should lose your license for no less than 10 Years…no exceptions. Not the puny 6 months to a year that is now the current standard in the US for first time offenders. If you are found guilty of a second DUI…your license will be revoked for life. Once again, do you not think that these crimes would decrease dramatically?

The United States Crime Code is terrible. First of all it is extremely weak. Second of all, it does not strike fear into would be criminals. Also, our foreign policies suck. We always think more about other countries than ourselves. When 9/11 occurred, we should have tool out the Middle East in one shot. America will pay the price…trust me. I know this may seem like a radical opinion, however it would surely decrease crime in America. People would truly be scared and think twice about committing these crimes. I feel that the only way that our Justice Department and Judicial System will be bettered is if we take the “Eye For an Eye” approach.

I firmly believe that the “Eye For An Eye” code would help this country. There are so many reasons to be happy that we live in America where we have many rights. However, with rights comes responsibility. Also, with responsibility comes ownership. With ownership comes being held accountable. In order to be held accountable these criminals should be tried in a fair manner. The only true fair and just method is to be consistent across the board…no loopholes. I am sure that this type of action will never occur in my lifetime…but I truly believe that it would solve Americas Criminal War. Also, speaking about foreign crime and the War on Terror, if these countries are responsible for committing crimes against the United States, we should stop funding and helping immediately. Wake Up Washington…there will be a revolution if things don’t get better. The writing is on the wall.






The Whole Country, namely the NFL was shaken to the core Saturday Morning with the news that Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Jovan Belcher had murdered his girlfriend and then later committed suicide by shooting himself with the same gun used to kill his girlfriend. This tragedy leaves behind a three month old child, who is now an orphan and will never get to know their parents. This is a horrible tragedy of epic proportions for both the Chiefs franchise, their “Family and Friends”, and the NFL as a sports entity. This is actually the second time that a member of the Kansas City Chiefs has committed a murder-suicide. In 1980, former Chiefs Offensive Lineman Jim Tyrer murdered his wife Martha, and then killed himself, also using a gun. The Tyrer’s left behind Four Children and Four Grandchildren. As unfortunate as this and other tragedies that are similar in nature are terrible in nature, they in NO WAY should lead to an indictment of the NFL as a whole, nor to NFL players in general. These tragedies are not the first to occur in the NFL, and they will not be the last ones. However horrific these tragedies are, they should not be used as fatter against the NFL or as a Gun-Control Lobby, as Bob Costas did on the Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC. What the Javon Belcher incident should do is raise awareness, that underneath all the armor, the pads, the stardom, behind the million-dollar paychecks, the luxury cars and homes, and the formation of a celebrity, these players are in fact human beings, just like you and I. As stated, this is just one of many acts of violence that have occurred throughout the NFL in the past several decades. On November 27th, 2007 Sean Taylor (a standout defensive back for the Washington Redskins and former 5th pick of the Draft) was gunned down by a robber at his own home. Taylor was only 24 years old and had just had a daughter 18 months earlier, which transformed his life. Earlier that year, on New Year’s Day, the Denver Broncos’ young promising cornerback was shot to death as he entered his Hummer after visiting a night club. Darrent Williams and wide receiver Brandon Marshall had been at the nightclub and Marshall encountered a fight with some gang members. One of the gang members attempted to murder Marshall, but instead took the life of Darrent Williams. The murderer was sentenced to life in prison and Marshall still counts his blessings. Another murder-suicide occurred to a very popular Quarterback just a few years back. On July 4th, 2009, Former Tennessee Titans star Quarterback Steve McNair was murdered by his mistress Sahel Kazemi, who then killed herself shooting one bullet to her head. A pistol was found by her body. This could have been a crime of passion, but nonetheless was a horrible tragedy. On November 16th, 1999 Cherica Adams was struck by four bullets from Van Watkins, a friend of Carolina Panther’s Wide Receiver Rae Carruth. Adams was eight months pregnant with Carruth’s child at the time of the shooting, and the Child dramatically survived. Adams later died of complications from the gun shot wounds. Carruth was sentenced to 18 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder. In February of 2011, Former Chicago Bear’s Defensive Back Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest at the age of 50. Duerson was survived by his ex-wife and four children. Before his suicide he sent a text message to his family stating that he wanted his brain to be used for research at the Boston University School of Medicine. Just over one year later, Hall of Fame Linebacker Junior Seau shot himself in the chest and died at the age of 43. Two weeks earlier, Ray Easterling a former Atlanta Falcons Defensive Back committed suicide shooting himself with a gun. Easterling had been a high profile plaintiff in an earlier lawsuit against the NFL and its handling of concussion related injuries. On December 16th, 2009, Chris Henry fell out of a moving vehicle that was driven by his fiancĂ©e, after engaging in a domestic dispute. Henry died from injuries sustained in the traffic accident but it was later found that he suffered from a form of brain injury known to be caused by concussions. Henry had also been involved in numerous off field problems throughout his five year career. Perhaps the most notable tragedy in NFL history, was actually one that hit close to home here in Philly. On Monday, November 26th, 2006 Andre Waters shot himself to death and died at the age of 44. Waters had been a standout Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1984-1993. He had followed up his playing career with several college coaching jobs. A leading forensic pathologist reported to the New York Times that Brain Damage suffered by Andre Waters may have lead to depression and ultimately to his untimely suicide. Brain Tissue was analyzed after his death and it was found that the condition of his brain was that of what would be expected of an 85 year old-man and that his brain showed characteristics that are seen in Alzheimer’s patients. A study by the Center for the Study of retired athletes, based at the University of North Carolina, of 2,500 former NFL players post-mortem (after death), found that brain impairment, Alzheimer’s like symptoms, and depression rose in direct proportion to the number of concussions that a player sustained in his career. This Brain Condition has been Known to become Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease found in individuals with a history of concussions and brain trauma. Many other NFL players have been found to suffer from this condition including Andre Waters and Chris Henry. I am sure there are many other former players that have died and been not been diagnosed properly. In light of the recent tragedy with Javon Belcher, I think that it is important to note that these tragedies should not bring the focus to blame the NFL or guns or violence in general. Instead, I think the focus should be on these brain injuries and more research should be done on mental illness in general. As stated, athletes even though they are put on a pedestal, are humans just like you and I. I think it’s also important to note that society as a whole should become more aware if mental illness and what it can do to people as far as life and death. I am sure that the added pressures of being an athlete contribute to these tragedies, but it all goes back to mental illness. Instead of focusing on the weapon (guns are used for an infinite amount of crime), the focus should be on why??? I think why can be somewhat linked to mental illness. That is where the research should be generated and all Professional Sports entities should put more stock in this area as well as raising awareness among its peers. All of these tragedies are extremely sad. I also do not think its a coincidence that most of these have occurred at or around the holidays. It’s a known fact that depression rises the closer we get to the holidays and that the added stress of this time period can lead to mental frustration. Combine this frustration with someone whose mind is altered by an injury and we have a recipe for disaster. No one will ever know exactly why Javon Belcher did what he did…but I’m sure that he was not mentally well and I’m sure that this directly led to the actions that occurred on Saturday. With this tragedy, it is extremely important that society as well as the league does not focus on the wrong area. Just like my previous post on violence and music, I think this is another case that you have to look past the weapon and look to the reasons why someone would do such a thing. Until mental illness is further researched, these types of tragedies will continue not only in sports but also in society in general. These tragedies just bring the issue to the surface and raise awareness that something must be done. Well, hopefully the NFL will use this incident as a proper tool to create awareness of brain injuries and the importance of playing the game by the rules and staying away from intentionally trying to injure someone. Concussions and brain injuries are serious and unfortunately they lead to such violence.