Saturday, May 10, 2008

Our criminal justice system

Simple Justice, a New York Criminal Defense Blog by Scott Greenfield, inadvertently points out a serious problem with our criminal justice system when he says
Piss off a court clerk and you will learn how important their role is, as you sit and wait for your case to be called for the next 7 hours.

Piss off any functionary in the criminal justice system and you're in trouble. Piss off a jailer and you'll get beat up. Piss off a judge and you'll go to jail for contempt (unless you're a lawyer, then you'll pay a fine). Piss off a cop and you'll get arrested (and maybe get beat up first). In the scheme of things, it seems that pissing off a court clerk should be the least of your worries if you're in contact with the criminal justice system.

But the problem I'm talking about is the level of raw power that government functionaries have and the complete lack of consequences to them when they abuse that power. It's a real problem.

UPDATE: Fixed the link


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Blogger Scott Greenfield said...

At least you could show a little link love to Simple Justice.

1:16 PM  

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