At what point do we draw the line? When is it that we stand up and say enough is enough?
Is a tattoo on the forehead of the man that molested and killed a 10 year old girl actually acceptable, or does it cross the line? I'm not asking if you understand the desire to have revenge... I'm just wondering if you agree with it. If you're okay with that... then how far are you willing to bend the justice system to okay the avenging of a loved one?
Like I said, I understand it, and it's hard to condemn it, but you MUST. Because like it or not, our laws do not make exceptions just because the other person committed a crime first. It doesn't stand back and ask which crime was worse. You see, if we don't, then we become no better than the criminals we are locking up every day.
You see, despite our desire to have the criminals feel a small portion of the pain they inflicted, we have to be better than them. We have to put justice into the hands of the law.
It's easy to understand how it's possible for a family member of an abused child can become enraged, can become overwhelmed by anger over what has happened. We all understand that. But the line that divides the criminals from the rest of us, is the ability to follow the law.
Aaron Malinowski, 23, allegedly broke the law. He is accused and charged with raping a young girl.
Police Chief Joseph Waldron said that rape happened back in March, but the victim just came forward.
"The victim was babysitting at the time. And this subject is not known to her, and they are not acquaintances in anyway," said Mechanicville Police Chief Joseph Waldron.
A Mechanicville man has been charged with raping a young girl, and a member of the alleged victim's family is now facing charges that he hired someone to kill the suspect. Our Curtis Schick has the details.
Police aren't disclosing why or where in Mechanicville the girl and Malinowski came in contact. Malinowski does live in the city, on North 3rd Avenue. Police said the victim's mom reported the crime a week and half ago.
"The victim who was naturally very scared, and was afraid to come forward," said Waldron.
While this crime is heinous, and we understand the pain and anger victims family must be going through at this time, what happened next is also criminal.
"Mr. Malinowski was also a target of a murder-for-hire. The young girl's relative tried to hire someone to kill Mr. Malinowski," said Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy.
Kelsey Karp, 38, of Greenwich has been charged with conspiracy and Criminal Solicitation in the plot. State police arrested him in Washington County on Thursday, and he is being held in the County Jail on $2 million bond.
When a child is victimized, well there really is no way to express the pain and the emotions that they go through. And those that love them, are effected by the crime too.
However, stop to think for a moment- that child is already needing the full support of those around her. The guilt and pain that they feel is already more than most adults could handle, add into it the fact that she will now have to deal with knowing that a relative has been arrested because of this- and it's likely to add to that. What good does it do for her to have them locked away, when the most important place that he actually needs to be is there, giving her support and comfort while she deals with what has happened.
So, I'm left to ask, at what point do we draw the line? When does revenge become a punishable crime, that we find unacceptable?