Restocking the Deck

Though we give lip service to the idea that our justice system is actually about seeing justice done, not just winning cases, “innovations” in the courts routinely streamline the process, making convictions easier to obtain and allowing the introduction of evidence which is irrelevant to determining whether the defendant committed the crime. Each new milestone distorts the truth finding process by painting defendants as unmitigatedly bad people who must have done something, if not what is charged.

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