Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The American Justice System

This is how it works in a nutshell.

We, the people, pay the police to investigate, determine responsibility, and establish a reasonable measure of guilt in the committal of a crime or criminal act.

Then, we pay the District Attorney and/or his/her representatives to prove that guilt to a sequestered group of individuals within the society in which the crime occurs.

The accused acquires freely or hires representatives knowledgeable of the law to represent his/her side and to create a reason of doubting the work and actions of the representatives of the people.

Only one side can win unequivocally.

That is the way the system works. It is a system of checks and balances. It is a system where both sides are governed by the same set of rules. It is the fairest system around. It does not always convict the guilty. It errs on the side of caution. It stands on the most whimsical foundation - the human mind. It depends on the ability of 12 men and women to weigh evidence and motive in a fair balance. It relies on the human ability to judge fairly whether a burden of proof has or has not been met.

Yes, there are those that flaunt the system. There are those that exploit it's inherent weaknesses. There will always be those that use every legal loophole to further their criminal acts and laugh at the notion of justice. There will ever be those that 'get away with it'.

After hearing the sweeping 'not guilty' verdicts for Michael Jackson, my daughter calmly said, "Oh well, he will burn in Hell."

He and his pricey lawyers thwarted justice. They escaped the arm of the law. One juror stated that it was established that MJ had a history of inappropriate actions with boys, but not with the accuser. They were also swayed by the fact that the boy went to see lawyers before going to deputies. Legal experts will analyze this one for years.

There is a portion of scripture in the book of Psalms. It is written by Asaph. In the portion of his writing, he laments that the wicked prosper. He decries that there seem to be no bonds on them. He sees that they are fat and want of nothing. He goes as far as to say that the knowing of this nearly causes his feet to slip from the path that he travels, but only nearly. He finishes the writing with a stunning rebound. He says that this bothered him, until he went to the House of God, and there, he saw their end.

One day, laughing will cease. Celebrating the washing aside of justice will end. Wickedness will receive it's just recompense of reward.

One day, there will not be a lawyer or a loophole between any one of us and the Judge.

This knowledge helps keep my feet on the path. This knowing makes it easier to do the things that are right.

With that being said, it is another day of right in a world of wrong. It is one more day of white in a world going gray. Fight the good fight.

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