Friday, April 11, 2014

Why I'm Afraid of the Justice System


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"In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same."
-Albert Einstein

I liked Matlock. No, I'm not sixty years old, not even close. But what's not to like?  Senile old dude defending the innocent, catching wrong doers and everything always turned out alright in the end. Sadly the real-life modern world doesn't work like that. I'm utterly terrified of ever having to go to court because the justice system seems so completely broken.

We have kids getting away with running down and killing 4 people because his lawyers successfully argued that he was too rich to be responsible for his actions. We have patent trolls suing podcasters because they claim they own the rights to "podcasts." That's like owning a patent on "books." Not a single book or type of binding mind you, but all books. Everywhere.

It's not quite as dire here in Canada, but it's bad enough. The province of Quebec was recently trying to institute legalized racism (this week's election hopefully put an end to that). And no one knows how Rob Ford is still in office.

These are the courts that are supposed to exonerate the innocent and condemn the guilty, neither of which seem to happen on a regular basis. I certainly don't feel comfortable putting my fate into their hands when you have no idea how honest (or sane) the judge and lawyers around you actually are.
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