Too Broken?

 Posted on April 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

New York criminal-defense lawyer Scott Greenfield asks of the criminal justice system, "is it too broken?"

These are a few of the questions he asks:

Are jurors capable of discerning truth from deception, or is this just a vanity of our support for trial by jury?....Is there a fundamental flaw in our selection of judges, such that the people who want to sit in judgment are not necessarily the people we want to have as judges?....Have laws based on political considerations, such as mandatory minimums, undermined the ability of the system to deliver individualized justice?....Has fear of crime and terrorism been so instilled in the American psyche that the public can no longer serve as a check on unfettered governmental power?....Have lawyers lost sight of their proper role in society?

Go to Scott's site to see the rest of Scott's questions, and to comment.

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