Our legal system leaves much to be desired, as anyone who witnessed the OJ Simpson trial can understand. But for those who have actively participated in the tomfoolery of the legal system, you’ve seen it first-hand. There are so many cases awaiting trial it seems to be in the best interest of the court to KISS it, or Keep It Simple Stupid, whenever necessary.
As a country, when our legal system was founded, we wanted truth—undeniable truth without the prejudice of color, sex, etc. But when our constitutional system was founded in 1787, slavery was still in effect until 1865. How does that work? A Justice of Convenience; a system which states in black and white (no pun intended), inarguably what men can stand behind. When asked why, the reply is simply “It’s the law.” This means that the “big wigs” (think about what that term means literally from the era) decided it was fair and just.
Since the time that the original U.S. Constitution has been written, it has been challenged by people and had additions; loopholes created and depleted, that it is hardly the same constitution we have celebrated for over 100 years.
In fact, our legal system now has a “deaf” clause in a courtroom, where when one person has been convicted or released for a previous crime, that crime cannot be admitted in a courtroom while another case is being tried. For example, if someone has been tried and acquitted, that case cannot even be mentioned in the courtroom, even if the perpetrator has committed the identical crime again. This is called “Double Jeopardy.” Justice has had earplugs put in and asked to come to a fair conclusion.
Is Justice dumb or moot? Absolutely! While a trial is on the docket, no one is allowed to discuss the evidence because the jury has been questioned and chosen by the attorneys. Think about that… do “fair” and “chosen” really go together? Something fair is free of favoritism, bias and impartial. So how does that come into play with a chosen jury? That’s easy. The courts have decided that if they cannot decide on the end result themselves, they will choose someone who can be cajoled into making the decision they favor.
The next time something goes on trial remember that the law is made of fallible people, who are always fair and have no stake in the outcome. It seems it would be easy for people without a stake to change the lives of so many with only a sentence, “Not guilty.”