Judges, lawyers, police and government officials are not capable of applying compassion in matters of the law. Otherwise, they would not be in those occupations. Perhaps we should have a Compassion Panel composed of three citizens who are not in those occupations. People who have been judged and found guilty of a crime could be given a choice to either request another trial or appeal for compassion. Illegal immigrants about to be deported could also request compassion. The panel's majority decision will be final and will allow common sense to overrule the Law up to and beyond the highest level in the government. This policy will appear to be fair to some and unfair to others, but fair and unfair can never be universally defined.
Wallace L. Haynes
West Valley City