Wednesday, November 30, 2005

On His Own

A detainee from Mexic has been ordered to be deported by the judge. He knows no one in Mexico. He has been in the U.S. most of his life living on the streets. His mom was physically abusive and he never felt loved. His dad left when he was a baby. He's been on his own must of his life. He chokes back the tears as I sit listening to his sharing.

Stories like this are a dime a dozen if you're in the right place to listen. No doubt, people like them and myself should have never committed crimes. There are no excuses. However, there are motivating factors.

With compassion, changes are possible.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please explain the motivating factors that caused you to hold captive a husband, wife, and two young children in their own home for over five hours?

Please explain the motivating factors that caused you to strip naked your female victim at gunpoint, and threaten to rape her in front of her husband?

Please explain the motivating factors that caused you to commit assault with intent to commit rape.

I have followed your case since early this year, and read what the press writes about you.

Your supporters may claim you only committed "robbery", but if you truly are reformed, then know in your heart you did much more than that.

You took away an entire family's sense of security and well-being. You violated the sanctity of their home.

Why don't you detail the full account of that night on this blog, and let your supporters judge you based on the truth of what you did?

No excuses, just detail the night of your crime minute by minute.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Right Wing Nut said...

Excuse: "Eddy Zheng is facing deportation because of mistakes made by his public defender when he was 16."

Fact: Eddy Zheng is facing deportation because of mistakes HE made when he was 16.

I doubt if Eddy will provide a full accounting, not because he won't, but because he cannot. If you read through his blog, you should detect that he believes that society or the system has been unfair towards him; e.g., complaints about all that he has lost during his years of incarceration, the duration of his sentence, etc. However "mistreated" he was by the system, he should see that he mistreated his victims far worse. Robbery isn't when SBC charges you a few dollars a minute for a collect call. Robbery is when you terrorize and threaten a family with rape and a handgun in a bid to take all their valuable possessions.

The truth is that I see a lot of parallels between him and the recently executed Stanley "Tookie" Williams. Granted that Eddy's crimes are not on the same scale, but he definitely shares Tookie's beliefs that being a model inmate somehow is penance enough to absolve him of his past crimes. Both of them are wrong.

I also believe that Eddy is lucky. He is extremely lucky that he was caught in the middle of his crime spree before anyone was killed. With a firearm and two accomplices, anything could have happened. Then we wouldn't be taking about deportation, but an eye for an eye and life for a life.

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