TriadCity Message of the Day
The NorthEast Third sentences criminals to death. The other Thirds don't.
There are three classes of condemned criminals in NorthEast who are
at risk of capital punishment.
Poor criminals. Regardless of the type or severity of the crime(s)
one has committed, one is always at risk of sentencing to death in
NorthEast if one's net wealth is limited. Net wealth means bank
balance, real property, worn equipment, and carried inventory; the
court will take the sum into account. Different judges have their
own notions of where poverty begins - rather like academic Sociologists,
actually. This category of condemned will be sent to a locked cell
on Death Row to await execution. The actual date of their execution
will vary, so, it might be their luck to be done in nearly immediately,
or to wait some time. This is potentially good, because it gives the
condemned and their friends a window of opportunity to raise the funds
necessary to secure the condemned's release. If the condemned is
unable to buy their way out, they'll eventually be killed, in one of
several nasty, painful, and humiliating ways.
Recidivists. No matter the wealth of the condemned, judges will
eventually tire of seeing them. Sentences are
more serious for repeat offenders. Eventually, even wealthy criminals
may find themselves on Death Row, where the same mechanism applies.
Execution may be swift or delayed, providing a variable window of
opportunity for brokered release.
State criminals. Even minor crimes against state officials or the
very wealthy will lead to prompt execution. Unlike the other
categories of capital offenses, crimes against these people can earn
immediate dispensation, without the chance to buy one's way out.
Don't attack a Judge. Don't get caught stealing from a Judge.
Unless you want to experience a truly unpleasant end.
How do you know whether someone belongs to the class of "state
officials or the very wealthy"? Use common sense: if they
look well-to-do, or if they're in an official office, you're probably
at greater risk. Look for articles
of ebony: ebony rings, ebony bracelets. These are like fraternity
pins for the well-connected. And remember: this system has a good deal
of arbitrariness in it, depending on the particular Judge one faces.
How do you know which prison cells belong to Death Row? Those are the
cells with locked doors.
Still yet more notes will follow as Justice NorthEast nears completion.
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