There is no Justice in our Legal system.

The opinions expressed within posts and comments are solely those of each author, and are not necessarily those of Women Against Registry.

As an average citizen, how often do you think about the law and how it applies to you?  Do you go through your everyday life and contemplate whether or not you’re breaking the law, be it federal, state or local?  Most people don’t, most people are oblivious to the laws that they are literally breaking every single day but are simply just never caught.

John Adams said, “It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished.  But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, ‘whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,’ and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.”

In today’s society, prosecutors at all levels boast of their above 90% conviction rates, so hell bent on getting their convictions they have forgotten the fundamentals of what our country was founded upon.  They ignore the very reason why our constitution is so important and how it is being trampled so severely by those sworn to uphold it.  All in the name of ‘winning’, like a psychological disorder.

Justice isn’t about winning, it is about justice.  The system we see today has ventured so far from being about justice for some it is akin to blasphemy against the Bible but instead against our constitution.  There are many who do not believe that our justice system is nothing more than a legal system, made so complicated and vague that anyone could be committing a crime even if it is in the course of doing something apparently legal.  The book that describes this phenomenon is Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silverglate (Author), Alan M. Dershowitz (Foreword)  A very interesting read or listen, if you like audio books, a book I suggest to everyone as a way to help them understand how easy it is to be prosecuted for what any regular citizen would consider lawful behavior.  How the vagueness of the laws and the prosecutors interpretation of those laws puts innocent people in prison and large sums of money in our prosecutors and law enforcement pockets.

It doesn’t start there, this cycle of abuse to our justice system and the citizens of this country started almost a century ago and has slowly and steadily morphed into what we know of as our ‘system’ today.  It is unrecognizable in comparison to what it was just under a 100 years ago.

As citizens we have become complacent, a condition we were warned about by our founding fathers because of the nature of citizens to ‘get comfortable’ with a slowly changing status quo that those in power will perpetuate to remain in power.

In a letter from Thomas Jefferson to William Smith, Paris Nov. 13. 1787.

Persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of its motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The past which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive; if they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13 states independent 11 years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure.

The United States of America is over 240 years old.  In 1776 we signed a declaration of independence.  Where we declared that we had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, especially after a citizen paid their debt to society.  Since that document was written, we signed the US Constitution in 1787.  As it says above, “What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

We as the people of this United States of America have a responsibility to ourselves and each other to study history, question our current rulers and question the media content that you read, regardless if you agree or not.  No one is right all the time and the media leaves out many facts when they report to imply the tone they want the article to take.  There is always more to any story because you are always looking through the writers point of view, even this little opinion piece.

“Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men.” – Lord Acton

The opinions expressed within posts and comments are solely those of each author, and are not necessarily those of Women Against Registry.

3 comments for “There is no Justice in our Legal system.

  1. Lois Marshall
    April 10, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    We have not lacked, in this country, for rebellions! The most famous after the Revolutionary War was the Civil War (or the War Between The States or the War Of Northern Aggression, depending on where you lived and who you learned from). This was not, however, the only rebellion, not even the only one in which the blood of patriots has been shed.
    In the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, there were other rebellions. We rebelled against racism, sexism, and the Vietnam War. Lives were lost in these rebellions. Freedom riders, both black and white, rode to their deaths to protest the injustices of racism, especially in the South. This cause is still being fought, though racism is rarer and less virulent as a rule.
    Fewer lives were lost in the name of the rebellion against sexual injustice, a cause which is still being fought, though again, the injustice is less than it was. It does still exist, though.
    The rebellion against the Vietnam War was marked by places like Ohio State, where peaceful demonstrators were slaughtered.
    Our deaths are not so obvious. Our rebellion is not as loud. But our people, mostly the relatives of those who have suffered at the hands of either the “justice” system or as a result of a conviction, are just as angry, sad, and confused by the lack of humanity on the part of others as any other rebellion has been. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, spouses, siblings, or even friends, have seen those we love mauled by politicians, religious leaders, and the public in general, and we know they do not deserve to be punished for the rest of their lives. We simply do not know how to stop it.
    Perhaps big, loud, well-publicized protests are needed. I don’t know.
    I do know that I want it stopped.

    • April 11, 2019 at 8:28 am

      You are correct, we have not lacked for small rebellions. I see those that you mention that compare to the Boston Tea Party and other similar protests that were also prevalent leading up to both the Revolutionary War as well as the Civil War. The division of the citizenry of those times was even more prominent than today and the defense of those respective view points violent.

      Please don’t get me wrong, I am not a violent person, I don’t condone it and I’d prefer to just avoid it, but that doesn’t mean that as a species, we human animals are prone to solve most divisive issues with rabid violence. Which is more of an anthropological observation, supported by history repeated since the dawn of any kind of ‘civilized’ society. The same kinds of things motivate us, money, power, happiness, freedom, not necessarily in that order.

      I personally believe that the Tough-on-Crime initiatives and the SO registry are symptoms of a much bigger issue that all of us are being distracted from, with a kind of slight-of-hand that was described in the movie Wag the Dog, where they need to ‘create’ a war when there are no conflicts currently happening in the world, so they could get to some political end that I can’t remember off the top of my head. The concept though, with today’s social media and their power over what all of us see, is that movie come full circle and into reality.

      The #metoo movement is a perfect example, celebrities that had a choice to walk out with their integrity or perform an act to get a job made a CHOICE. Yeah their options sucked for what their goals were but they only perpetuated the problem to get to their own ends. Just as they bribed schools and paid for exams for their children to attend those schools, bumping other qualified applicants for their OWN PERSONAL GAIN. These are not role models, they are leeches off the hurt and pain of real victims. Victims that all of us care about, regardless of our affiliation with any organization.

      What we lack here is critical thinking skills, I know that schools like to talk about how they teach it, but have seen no evidence of that in real life just yet, and I have been waiting expectantly. With that one skill, critical thinking, the rest of the information will come, because the person has been taught to question leadership, talk intelligent truth to real power, wanting to leave home no matter what, and be independent even if that means that a trade is the path that they should take. Not everyone can and should go to college, there are other talents in this world that we still need that require someone able to work with their hands, use their head on the fly and keep their head. These qualities can’t be taught in a classroom, they come with experience and tradesman training.

      When the list becomes big enough that it is impossible to not know someone that is on it or is related to, married to, or children of a registrant, that is when our collective voices will be heard. But before then, with the divisive nature of our media and politics, we may see a revolution of sorts coming within my lifetime.

      So remember this, during the revolutionary war, 1/3 of the country was for continued British rule, 1/3 didn’t care cause their life wasn’t going to change much for various reasons or didn’t want to get involved, and the last 1/3 wanted freedom from the oppressive rule of a government so detached from the colonies that they were willing to die for it. That’s the difference between the many protests of the last 200 years vs the kind of change that our country is ripe for.

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