Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Dark Age of Justice

The Dark Age of Justice
We are living in the dark ages of justice in the criminal law field. The overriding sentiments and motivators among the majority are to do anything to sustain convictions even when it means ignoring the law, our Bill of Rights and Constitution (George W. Bush said the Constitution "was just a piece of paper"). The spirit of community has been overtaken by a spirit of meanness where cops are not there to help people but to arrest them; and district attorneys can't see the greater good (some people need convictions, but many just need direction, guidance and a chance to get on a better path whereas a conviction will ruin their chances at employment to good jobs) and prevents them from supporting their families which produces more crimes). We literally live in a day and age where rapists, murderers and thieves get better treatment and options by the criminal justice system than a misdemeanor DWI who got pulled over for a broken tail light, looks and is completely sober on video and has harmed no one. Even those who are intoxicated on DWIs but have not hurt anyone (most DWIs involve minor traffic offenses) are getting railroaded by fines and surcharges over 3k and many are losing jobs and their families are being broken apart with their punishment being the maximum in most cases by district attorney "office policies". The punishments do not fit the crimes and are way disproportionate. Everyone is so quick to judge in the legal system they no longer care for the facts (district attorney office policies in Tarrant County and many other parts of Texas). They have gone so far as implementing court procedures that seek to punish the criminal defense lawyer for doing things such as setting trials (not giving citizens enough time to pay or defense lawyers enough time to prepare for trial) as if that will somehow make us stop doing our jobs in protecting people's rights. ! Our system is drastically broken. I am ashamed of how our criminal justice system treats people. I just know at the end of the day I am one of the good ones, trying on a daily basis to interject dignity, compassion and reasonabless. I am the only one that stands between a citizen accused and a biased freight train coming down the track to demolish someone. Most judges that I deal with, although many are decent people, are not doing enough to stop the Naziism they are inflicting on our own citizens, particularly when it comes to DWI. I at least go to bed at night, knowing that I am the mighty lion who will not back down. I don't care what meanhearted and misdirected judges and district attorneys and cops think of me or do to me. They better know, that unlike the many .. I roar like a lion and pounce with unstoppable fury to their folly and abuse of my clients and their rights. Yes, as an analogy, I bite (I appeal bad decisions; I publish scholarly articles on what is wrong with the justice system and DWIs; I don't shy away from telling people facts; I blog because information is power; I advise my clients on who not to vote for)! I am diplomatic but do not play politics that contributes to a wrong system, unlike the good people of Germany who said nothing at Naziism because they were scared. I fear no one. We are living in Nazi dark ages in the eradication of rights in the criminal justice system, particularly when it comes to DWI offenses. I will not back down. May history know that ! I have faith that it will change for the better one day. I'm doing everything I can in the meantime

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