What Is An Appeal?

An appeal is what everyone’s worst nightmare is.

It’s reliving a horrific trauma that seems to never quite fade away.

It’s where the accused or convicted offender doesn't seem to think that their sentencing was fair.

Their lawyer along with a crown attorney presents new facts or new evidence.

Gives reasons why the initial trial was unfair to the offender.

In this case it’s a lack of justice.

When you take a life, you should get life in prison without the eligibility of parole or of  a retrial for that matter. 

That person that has been murdered doens’t ever get a life back again ever.

So why is it okay for a muder to have another chance at life?

Some things to think about in our justice system.

Where is fairness?

Especially when an incredible family lost their only son.

No parent should ever have to bury their child.

That grief that pain never goes away.

It's a tatoo and it is a scar that will stay with family and the survivor of crime forever.

An appeal only opens past wounds.

An appeal is a decision where the case is reopened, and a potential for a new trial.

This appeal is presented in front of three judges, it doesn’t just take a couple of weeks or days to come to a decision.

The decision can take up to six months before it is reached.

Now the survivor and the deceased family wait anxiously for a decision to be made. 

It’s like walking on eggshells, where fear, panic, and despair become the new high.

The whole process also takes a toll on the mental health of those involved.

An appeal can definitely be difficult for everyone involved.

It is relieving and rehashing the trauma. 

After 6 years, how can this be?

We try our best to put the past in the rearview mirror.

Sometimes that past just doesn’t sit still.

Of course the offender has nothing but time on their hands, and they will do what they can to get a lesser sentence, not realising everyone involved now has a life sentence as well.