Saturday, September 01, 2007

Selective Prosecution

So, today, I'm thinking about selective prosecution and judicial inconsistency. You know what that is don't you? It is where the criminal justice system is eviscerated because some prosecutors don't do their jobs with consistency; because some judges don't do their jobs with consistency. Some people are subjected to the fullest extent of the law while others are given a pat on the back and a get out of jail free card.

It is a systemic problem, because if such differentiation exists in a state or locality, the criminal justice system as a whole loses the very necessary credibility they employ to keep society from descending in to anarchy. Justice comes up for sale.

The most difficult thing in combatting selective prosecution and judicial inconsistency is explaining that it exists, and showing folks where and how it happens.

Best Practices is linking to a news story that is more indicative of the justice system than it seems. If Barbie gets away with bank robbery by saying she's sorry and invoking The God CardTM, that will be a bright, shinging example of what I'm talking about.

(HT: Georgia Blog Carnival 17)

Extra: The Cobb County judge has put off sentencing until the other defendants' trials are concluded. I hope the result makes the news. I hope that Cobb County judge isn't part of the problem...

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