The travesty of American justice

https://pilotonline.com/opinion/editorial/cartoons/image_3bffbca0-44fb-11e9-a289-bfc1170c6e40.html

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.

IMHO

One thought on “The travesty of American justice

  1. I am unable to tell from the cartoon or the comments on it if there is a particular case at issue. But if the message is about the Manafort sentencing being too light, I don’t find it so.

    I do agree, however, that elites get more favorable treatment in the courts than everyone else. In just that last few days, for example, we have learned from transcripts of Congessional testimony that the DoJ pressured the FBI not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton in the matter of her private email system.

    One could argue that the DoJ’s actions were appropriate. I wouldn’t, but as a practical matter of governance I can see how different standards necessarily apply to the powerful. Charging Clinon in the midst of her campaign as a frontrunner for the presidency would have been hugely disruptive.

    The question is, Why should we care, or be unhappy about this? I’m certainly not convinced that our justice system is fundamentally corrupt. In the Clinton matter specifically, the wheels continue to grind.

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