Steve Carlson nailed it. Not wealthy, no justice.
“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread.” Anatole France
Louisiana is one the worst offenders with regards to judicial equality. There are many languishing in jail because the cannot afford an attorney and the public defense system is broke.
But not just there, public defenders often have a few minutes per case even in major felonies. They encourage plea bargaining even if innocent. The defendants don’t realize that even pleading guilty to a misdemeanor affects their record for life.
This is not justice, this is third world.
Yes, it costs money to provide lawyers. And it also costs money to build stadiums for billionaires. Which one is more critical to the quality of life and justice? Those with clout have obviously made their choice.
We can debate the constitutionality of single payer healthcare, but there is excuse for the travesty of ignoring the basic rights of poor or even working class defendants. None, if we truly value our national heritage and are serious about making America great again.