Friday, November 6, 2009

Hefty Justice

It was bound to happen, I guess. In a country whose citizens are growing more and more overweight, fat is now a judicial matter.

A 5'8" 285 pound New Jersey man's defense against a charge of murdering his son-in-law is that he's too fat to be the murderer.

In Texas, authorities are trying to figure out how to take into custody and bring to court a nearly one-thousand-pound woman accused of killing her two-year-old nephew.

A Maryland mother has been arrested and charged with criminal neglect for letting her 14-year-old son's weight balloon up to 555 pounds.

I wonder what's next?

1 comment:

lisa b said...

These stories all break my heart on many levels. I don't know how to organize my thoughts about it. The tragedy of murder is definitely part of it, but so is the tragedy of anyone weighing almost 1000 pounds and someone in their youngest years weight over 500 pounds.

How do we even begin to address this? Is it all tied in to the devaluing of life itself? Can anyone who values life allow that type of obesity to happen?

It's all heart-breaking.