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Pamela Christian
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Broadcaster, Keynote, Author and Professionally Trained Commercial Actor
Broadcaster, Keynote, Author and Professionally Trained Commercial Actor

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I'm so grateful to be part of HSBN!

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This was a fun interview! I wanted to share with my readers and also those who follow me on my Bookwriting page. If you're an author, you need to learn about and become a part of Smashwords.

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Winner of National Indie Excellence Awards and placed with the Selah Awards!

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I NEED YOUR VOTE! My book nominated for SCPA 2017 Book of the Year! Please vote: http://www.christianpublishers.net/17votes/ Scroll down to the bottom category. Poll closes soon VOTE TODAY and share this post.

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Help cure Alzheimer's - Your support is greatly needed. It's so sad to lose a loved-one before they actually die...

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This article and video continues to circulate. I'm so grateful because it helps save lives!

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I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY, BUT I AM A MOM…
By Pamela Christian
Copyright 2016

I am not an attorney, but I am a mom with a deep sense of, and desire for justice.
With a particular matter of underlying division in my family, I sought to learn the importance of motive in attributing guilt. I came across Carissa Bryne Hessick’s article entitled Motives’ Role in Criminal Punishment. Very well written. Her stated objective was to present a new role of motive in criminal law sentencing:
This Article proposes that motive’s role in criminal punishment be expanded beyond its present boundaries and that the extended role be played largely at sentencing. The Article also proposes a sentencing system in which motive plays this expanded role. The law of motive, as it presently exists, is disjointed and sometimes contradictory. Although certain substantive offenses and defenses require a determination or an evaluation of motive, only sometimes do they provide a framework for identifying the relative worth of different motives. Sentencing statutes and opinions provide more information about the relative value of different motives by identifying particular motives as aggravating or mitigating, but few sentencing systems distinguish (even implicitly) between varying degrees of aggravation or mitigation,169 and some sentencing systems’ treatment of motives appears incomplete or inconsistent.170 I propose that, except where motive plays a fully inculpatory or exculpatory role, an explicit evaluation of a defendant’s motives should occur at sentencing in accordance with a predetermined classification system of motives. The existing partial system of sentence adjustments.
Although the proposed system does not account for every practical hurdle associated with determinate sentencing and determining motives, the Article concludes that an expanded role for motive in punishment is warranted because it allows the isolated and incomplete doctrines of motive to be brought together and synthesized into a coherent and cohesive whole, and therefore is likely to generate fairer results. 1

While trials to prove the innocence or guilt of a family member over matters that have nothing to do with breaking any civil laws don’t exist, a type of isolated mental trial, conclusion, and sentencing does. I’m sure any family can come up with several recollections of things committed by family members causing offense to another, that has adversely impacted family relationships. I can’t help but wonder, if these matters were openly discussed, not in a contentious or defensive manner, but with the idea that a person must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, if all such offenses couldn’t be cleared with love being the primary focus and unity being the supremely desired objective.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not naive. I am aware that there are many “non-law-breaking” offenses committed within a family structure that are exceedingly egregious and it is justice to hold the offending family member accountable. That is not the type offense I consider here.
But if in the criminal courts of the laws of our land, reform is needed concerning motive, then most certainly it is needed in our families. While our laws, customs, concepts, and more for society were intended by our forefathers to originate from the morals we collectively hold in common as humans valuing family, in my lifetime that has changed. Now instead of morality influencing law, people seek to have law influence morality as a means to change the moral standards in America. I can’t help but conclude that this reverse engineering of morality is what has greatly attributed to the demise of family, unity, and the supreme objective of love being the governing motive to maintain family unity.
So I make an appeal to all families. If there is an offense that you are nursing and keeping alive, consider the destruction for the entire family that is being perpetrated. If your heart’s desire is to have the offense mended, take the matter to the offender and lovingly make inquiry. Especially in matters that have never been discussed, but simply concluded by the one injured, I am confident you will find that the motive behind the offense will not have been in the least bit intentional, which will greatly impact your rational conclusion to be distanced or worse, from the offending family member. A close loving, united family is protected by intentionally removing all deception, unforgiveness, and bitterness. This is my stated objective which is “warranted because it allows the isolated and incomplete doctrines of motive to be brought together and synthesized into a coherent and cohesive whole, and therefore is likely to generate fairer results.”

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1. Motives Role in Criminal Punishment, by Carissa Bryne Hessick, viewed 5/24/2016
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:dPUAhvPsIpMJ:https://www.law.upenn.edu/phr/conversations/status/viewFile.cfm%3Ffile%3DHessick2_467_1.pdf+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
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Know anyone who in in real need of Confident Hope? Carol Graham interviewed me on that very topic so we could be of help! http://neverevergiveuphopenet.blogspot.ca/2016/05/do-you-believe-truth-is-universal.html
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