- Jun 2014
You are moving the discussion far from the OP. Talking about what poor people have here has nothing to do with the OP. Stay focused on the issue at hand. Justice, from the root word just means a fair application of laws to all. Influence is usually more important than the evidence, especially at the local or county level. Justice is not blind, sorry. And it is not bitching when you are the one or have a loved one who has been at the wrong end of the system. Sometimes theoretical arguments people offer are just that, an academic exercise that doesn't hit home until they actually live it. Then, let me see somebody who has been wrongly incarcerated or incarcerated disproportionally talk up "bucking up" and accepting like man without complaining.Again, a bad lawyer is still a lawyer. Someone may get off, they may plea bargain (the usual route for public defenders) or they fight it and lose. And then what? Do they die? Almost never, as any capital trial almost always has top tier lawyers fighting one another, pro bono, because they're against the death penalty, regardless of the case and evidence and guilt. So worse thing is someone gets life. And yet still alive, still able to appeal, still capable of later being free and even suing the same system that incarcerated them.
Now tell me what happens when you have a tumor growing in your body, and symptoms of cancer, and you go to a doctor and they don't order tests and ignore the symptoms and tell you that you have heartburn or migraines, so by the time you find out its cancer, its stage 4. What happens then? Where is that person's freedom? What about the doctor that screws up the surgery and kills you on the table, because they messed up, like they had dozens of times before, because many doctors have a double digit body count under their belt when it comes to accidentally killing their patients because of malpractice. Where is the freedom then? Where is the freedom for the goddamn idiots who shoved a feeding tube into my mother's lung and temporarily killed her, then tried to lie about and hide it, with it all resulting in her having brain damage? Where was her freedom?
FYI, I've dealt with the legal system before too, on both sides of it (not me personally, I'm conviction free, but a few relatives and close friends have done hard time). Your 10k number for getting off scott free is entirely dependent on crime, location, circumstances, evidence, etc. My uncle blew through a couple hundred grand on a defense, which should have been a slam dunk Not Guilty, and instead did eight years in a max sec state pen.
In life, you get what you pay for. Sometimes. But if you don't like what you get, do something to get more. That's what most people's parents, grandparents, and great grandparents did. They worked their butts off, despite the odds, to get a better life for themselves, or if they couldn't, then they sacrificed for the sake of their kids. They didn't bitch and moan about the unfair system of a country where the poorest people still have it better than like 75% of the world, where the pets have better access to healthcare than like 75% of the world.