My dad drilled something into my head growing up and the following reminded me of it:
One of the more depressing things in the life of being an activist for rights is that more often than not, rights are lost because people didn’t want to defend the bad guy. It’s easy to look the other way when Scummy McScumbag has his rights violated because… well because scumbag!
To which another person stated the following which further rung the bell:
But his legal rights were violated in the name of Justice. And as Robb points out, the violation of this man’s legal rights is a loss of rights for everyone. It gets easier to break the rules once you’ve done it once, and in this case, when you’ve been officially blessed by the Powers That Be.
Here is today’s lesson folks, it is simple and only a single sentence:
There is no correlation between the law and justice.
Did everyone get that? Please read it out loud and repeat it to yourself a few times because it is very critical you remember and understand it.
It is important to understand because that line succinctly describes both the positive and negative in the justice system. On the one hand you have the issue as Robb pointed out with Mr. Scumbag.
Mr. Scumbag gets a pass because his rights were violated, this boils back to the principal of protecting the innocent. This principal is important and is one that as a free people we should never lose sight of.
The second side of this is that the law can just as easily screw someone who doesn’t actually need screwing. It’s pretty darn unjust to annihilate someone’s rights and make them a felon over what really amounts to something that isn’t an actual danger to society.
We must remain vigilant for that exact reason. As our “elected betters” create laws, there is nothing actually guaranteeing that those laws are just. This especially holds true when the phrase above is tied in conjunction with the following:
The purpose of the law is to keep those who have money and power with the money and the power.
Lets also not forget about prosecutors and how they also fit into this entire mess. They provide yet another prong in the long illustration how there isn’t a correlation between the law and justice.
Yeah, at times it sucks when you think about the fact you have to defend some dude who truly should go to jail. The thing is, he would have if law enforcement played by the rules and the prosecutor did his job correctly, making sure to charge him with the applicable crime.