‘Compassionate’ Prison Release

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who was jailed for the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing will be released from prison in order to spend his last days with his family as he faces prostate cancer. The concept of government compassion, especially within the criminal justice system, seems nearly unheard of in the US. This may be most evident in the accusations and judgment cast on Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “empathy standard.” The release is even more shocking as we struggle in the US with cases like that of Leonard Peltier. Compassion is not a pillar in the United States’ Government standards. Perhaps we have a thing or two to learn from Scotland? The BBC has more on the Lockerbie bombing.

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