Allow me to provide a profound example of the extremes in criminal law varying from state to state.
The George Zimmerman trial in Florida has acquainted us with the insidious law "Stand Your Ground." During a physical altercation in an act of self-defense, Zimmerman shot and killed another and was acquitted of murder and set free untarnished. Hence, the law is the law.
In Lahaina in 2005, a heated argument evolved and, in an a nonoffensive manner, I prevented an agitated man from inflicting me with bodily injury by presenting in hand a kitchen knife. He impulsively halted his advance and proceeded to call the authorities. No one was harmed nor touched. Shortly after, I was arrested and charged with felony terroristic threatening. Bail was set at $50,000, which I posted with cash of my own. I was eventually convicted for my only involvement in criminal activity and sentenced to five years in prison. My parole ends in April. A bitter pill for a 37-year Maui resident.
Now, through the eyes of the State of Hawaii, I am a felon and therefore a threat to society. One could easily surmise this true story as an abuse of power. I certainly did. "Was justice served?" I ask myself. It matters not, the law is the law.