Inversion of Compassion
was a vicious murder. This was a slaughter of my daughter…"
Mark James, father of Tiffany Eunick
just beat my daughter mercilessly, keep beating her. He had no heart."
Deweese Eunick, mother of Tiffany Eunick
48 pound Tiffany Eunick was six years old, a 12 year-old more than
triple her weight perpetrated a fatal atrocity upon her in Miramar,
Florida. He inflicted injuries that contused and cut her face, fractured
her skull, broke a rib, and detached her liver. Experts compared
the trauma to falling from a three-story building.
Tate, now 14 years old an age Tiffany will never reach has been
sentenced to life in prison without parole. The sentence followed
after the defense rejected a plea bargain of three years in a juvenile
facility and ten years probation (a term of incarceration not even
equal to Tiffany’s age when Tate murdered her).
torrents of criticism have attended the sentence. On Larry King
Live, Amnesty International USA Executive Director William Schulz
condemned Florida’s statutes in this vein as "a violation of
international law" that "ruins the United States’ reputation
in the eyes of the international community." (Pardon my provinciality,
but why should the international community’s anti-Americanism and
so-called law affect our polity? I know the Eurocratic Cession has
that continent’s sovereignties busy immolating their autonomy for
the Almighty EU, but some of us benighted Americans still like the
idea of self-government.)
mobilize for Tate in pursuit of clemency while a massacred girl’s
tiny body breathes no more. As the judge who sentenced Tate observes,
"Voices cry out for justice, but not for justice for Tiffany
letters and calls refer to this victim only as an afterthought."
realize this case involves important issues of juvenile justice:
The permanent imprisonment of a 14 year-old for a crime he committed
at 12 is no trivial matter. I realize that state power in general
is a formidable phenomenon that demands our critical examination.
also realize that a precious child had her life pummeled out of
her in a feral fusillade of fists and feet. At the very least, those
so ardent for a commutation of Tate’s sentence should study the
face above before they make their pleas and see the radiance he
the world seems topsy-turvy," writes the South
Florida Sun-Sentinel in its editorial on the sentence.
inflicted over thirty injuries upon Tiffany. Let him have clemency:
one year for every brutal blow.
Kantor lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.