Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Update: this is more important than that crap. Right here, right now, Yahoo's NFL Football Playoff picture has the FINS IN!!!!.
Somehow, right in the middle of reading case law, we saw this article on NFL playoffs.
Faithful blog reader BTDT says in a comment that we have the greatest system of justice in the world.
Rumpole responds: Hooey. This system stinks to high hell. 1) Capital punishment. 2) Capital punishment for the mentally ill. 3) A sentencing system totally out of wack driven by Hollywood fear mongering that stirs up moronic legislatures. Which brings us to 4) Minimum Mandatory sentencing. Our system vests more power in the hands of a 25 year old prosecutor than the 55 year old judge she is prosecuting the case before. 5) Sentencing and "the trial tax". Sentences so out of wack that even experienced lawyers tell innocent clients to take a plea to avoid the judge imposing an outrageous sentence after trial. 6) How many innocent people exonerated from death row? Since 1973 there have been 130 people released from death row because of proof that they were innocent. Read about it here.
If the most important and closely scrutinized cases-handled by the supposedly most experienced lawyers-produce so many wrongful convictions, how many other people not on death row are wasting away in prison serving decades for crimes they did not commit? Ten thousand? Twenty thousand? There's over a million people incarcerated in the US- so 20,000 innocent people amounts to a 2% error rate. Intolerable. Read about the 947 years campaign to see the horrific effects on wrongfully convicted people.
Anyway, that's our 10 cent synopsis with why we think this system stinks.
But the debate is for you.
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