Yesterday morning, I heard a CBC Radio piece on the Trayvon Martin case in the wake of the not guilty verdict. I tuned in during an interview with a professor from the Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. He pointed out that criminal law is often not just. We are asking the wrong questions, he said. We should not ask “What crimes were committed?” nor “What laws were broken? but “What harm was done?”
What is even more interesting about this point of view is that David Anderson Hooker is a lawyer and former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia. He joined Fanning as a senior Fellow for Community Engagement in 2009. His bio is impressive, but the bottom line is, he is a peacemaker, who knows how to ask the right questions.
Great discussion CBC!