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Thoughts on the Legal System and Two Books

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Controlling the Purchased
Virtue is 90% of Treason/Ethics are What the Other Side Uses

 

America chose Trump for his pragmatism.  It hoped his ability to make market decisions about policy and his unilateral, executive management style could return us to 1968.  But what about belief?  Every executive initiative is not about market behavior.  What about non-utilitarian notions of right and wrong?  What about ethical and moral identities which precede policy and call for stability?

Corruption of the Judiciary: Where Do We Go for Help?

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Since posting my article on the current condition of our judicial system, I have received numerous emails and phone calls from individuals across the country.  Based on these continuing communications, I have concluded that the average citizen is in far more danger stepping into a courtroom of any kind than from any commonly recognized criminal activity on the street.  At least with a street criminal you stand a chance of defending yourself.

Trust in the Legal System at an All-Time Low

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Recent polls confirm that public confidence in legal institutions and lawyers is at historic lows. Gallup’s June 2016 poll indicates that only 36 percent of Americans have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the Supreme Court; and only 23 percent feel that way about the criminal justice system. How do lawyers fare? Only 15 percent of the public has a high degree of confidence in them. The question is where do we go from here and how can public faith in lawyers and the legal system be restored? The simple answer is that it is not going to be a quick or easy fix, but we offer ten thought-provoking solutions below.

Why More Falsely Accused People Are Being Exonerated Than Ever Before

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For the third year in a row, the number of exonerations in the United States has hit a record high. A total of 166 wrongly convicted people whose convictions date as far back as 1964 were declared innocent in 2016, according to a report from the National Registry of Exonerations released Tuesday. On average, there are now over three exonerations per week—more than double the rate in 2011. The number of exonerations has generally increased since 1989, the first year in the National Registry’s database. There are 2,000 individual exonerations listed in the registry as of March 6.

U.S. District Court Judge Believes Detective Should Not Be Liable for Fabricating Evidence

Clyde Spencer appeals from the judgment of U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle who overruled a jury verdict in Spencer’s favor following a seventeen-day jury trial in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action. Spencer spent nearly two decades in jail until his criminal conviction was vacated because Clark County police officer, Sharon Krause, fabricated evidence to gain Spencer’s conviction.

Part Two of a Three-Part Series about Corruption

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The United States legal system has basically become a criminal enterprise with no competition.  But the widespread corruption found in this form of organized crime extends beyond merely our system. Pick any country and industry where there is money, power, or both, and you will find corruption. However, in America, some states outshine others with respect to redefining it. Massachusetts is one such state. Of the five courts in that state in which I have been involved in litigation or filed briefs, all have exhibited corruption to some degree. The Taunton District Court is easily the worst of the five in my experience.

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