Welcome to Jeopardy, the American Justice System version
I’ll take Startling Numbers for $100, Alex.
What are the percentage of Americans who support the death penalty AND believe the Trump indictments are politically motivated? (https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/trump-indictment-poll-rcna78490 and https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2021/06/02/most-americans-favor-the-death-penalty-despite-concerns-about-its-administration/)
I’ll take Startling Numbers for $200 Alex.
What is the percentage of Americans who think there is some risk of an innocent person being executed?
So we are a country where a majority of people believe the administration of justice is corrupt and rife with politics, yet will risk killing a few innocent people to keep the death penalty on the books.
And they believe this despite the previous administration being unable to “persuade” his Attorney General to indict any political foes, or their children. And the myriad of convictions in death penalty cases reversed after the appellate process.
A definition of contradiction could not have a better illustration.
I encourage you to read the poll questions. There are some elements in the details that are even more startling. But a majority believe Trump committed crimes. And most believe they should prosecute him. But they are so jaundiced by anecdotal examples of political interference in the criminal justice system, they will accept this false reality of overarching political control by the White House.
They further demonstrate a contradiction of beliefs that is truly daunting, a willingness to risk the execution of a person who is innocent of the crime in order to preserve the death penalty.
Even at it’s worse, when an indisputably corrupt President held office, i.e. Richard Nixon, those political appointees in the Justice Department did the right thing. And, in a subsequent administration, when politicians sought indictments for purely political reasons, a similarly appointed Attorney General, Bill Barr and his staff resisted.
They did not “Lock her up.” They investigated, found no evidence of any crimes, and dropped the case.
The Justice department is fallible. It is not immune from outside influence, but to believe it caters to the whims of the person occupying the White House is nonsense. Even if some Presidents would wish it so.
Local justice systems may be a bit more susceptible, but even they have built-in safeguards. But errors of judgments happen. Some trial justices, jurors, and prosecutors let their innate prejudices against some defendants sway their judgments.
And thus the risk of an innocent person being executed. That is not America.
I’ll take American Jurisprudence for $1000, Alex.
Everyone was once Equal Under the Law.
What is, when did America lose its way?