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The Best Justice Money Can Buy

The US legal system often seems skewed in favor of those who can afford the best representation. Would justice be better served by having lawyers assigned randomly? What might the unintended consequences be of such a system?

  • Jul 10 2013: David Grammer, thank you,
    I cannot even envision how local, state or federal government might change to
    free us all from the morass that today exists.

    Perhaps, were all the other types of legal/justice systems be laid before a panel
    of qualified experts, some relief of the current system might be found.

    Some ideas.
    Eliminate the limited liability laws that exist and provide protections
    as a carrot on a stick to corporations.
    Eliminate corporations that require stockholder participation and
    Eliminate the stock markets that trade their paper.
    Eliminate the rules of commerce.
    Eliminate weapons and ammunition.
    Eliminate the military.
    Eliminate war.
    Re-boot.
  • Jul 10 2013: David Grammer,

    The US legal system is skewed in favor of those who can afford the
    best representation.

    To those non-believers out there. .. Merely take a tour of your local
    county jail, or a look at your State Prison.
    Be sure to visit those Dungeons used as punishment cells.
    With full time Lights on or off?
    ..And don't ask what day you get out. ..Ask what season.
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    Having Lawyers at all is at best a nasty thought, and an expensive one.
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    Would justice be better served by having lawyers assigned randomly?

    Not for the Lawyers.
    They would have to find a way around such a system.
    Otherwise they would go broke quick.
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    What might the unintended consequences be of such a system?

    No change. ..Our legal system is corrupt bottom to top.
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    The ballpark belongs to the Justices. ..They make the rules and
    the rules do not favor the accused. Poor Lawyers get Poor Perps.

    When the biggest building in town is the Court House, you know
    something is rotten in Denmark.

    Why over the years, the crooks haven't rebelled is a mystery.
    ..If they ever did, Justice would have to change.
    Go back to sleep Judge, no worries!!!
    • Jul 10 2013: How might the current system be changed; both what might those changes be and how might they be effected?
  • Jul 8 2013: What are some possible solutions?
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    Jul 8 2013: The best that money can buy is the way it is unless maybe we made it a requirement that a defense attny won a % of cases as a public defender and that a certain % were taken to court and won before allowing them to practice privatly
  • Jul 8 2013: There was an example of this - a documentary produced by the BBC at the time of the OJ Simpson trial. It compared his trial with the trial(s) of peoples in New York, and how on average they stood in front of the judge for less than 2 minutes. Everyone took a plea bargain, innocent or not. It also highlighted one case where the lawyer was a no show, and the accused was given by the judge 2 minutes leeway, for the lawyer to show. He didn't, the man went to jail. There were literally NO jury cases, the state decided that it was a cost ineffective system, even though people where "technically" allowed to have them.

    Fair, justice, innocent or guilt, seem to be directly related to the wealth one has. And supermarket justice for everyone else.

    Interestingly your social question, was asked in a film entitled "And Justice for all",
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPX5ZiZ9-bk

    a time when films were more interested in raising social issues, like you've done, than with the dumbing down of everyone with imaginary superfluous superheros.
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    Jul 8 2013: The US legal system IS skewed in many ways.
    • Jul 8 2013: How could it be improved?
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        Jul 8 2013: By starting all over again. A refreshing without any use of violence or force. A massive gathering of unity, goodness, and equality? Much time needed to think about this. Much less of a monetary system to start with.
  • Jul 6 2013: Yes, lawyers should be assigned randomly. A capitalist justice system is a blatantly corrupt system. Justice should not be for sale.
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    Jul 6 2013: IMO justice would be bettered served if juries were replaced with judges.

    It would speed up the trial process and cut down on the cost.

    I think I remember someone saying that lawyers prefer a judge trial if they have a strong case and a jury trial if they have a weak case.

    Any visions of 12 angry men type juries are not realistic. In today's world you are lucky if you have 12 rational men.

    But yes it definitely favors a defendant who has a good/expensive lawyer. Would OJ have gotten off if not for good lawyers?
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      Jul 6 2013: Pat, in India we have a judge based judiciary and people lament for juries. Indian village courts have history of centuries to be run by council of judges (usually 5 but in cases more than that) since it is popularly believed that justice is better dispensed by joint or collective decisions.
      To incorporate the traditional wisdom, Indian courts have benches that are comprised with multiple judges. But these judges normally hear constitutional or public interest litigation not common crime.
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        Jul 6 2013: If I'm following you we have judges for constitutional litigation as well.

        I mean for common law. I don't know about India but the juries here leave something to be desired.