The Injustice of Justice
The Injustice of Justice is a purposeful book designed to introduce the public as well as the profession to an alternate method of policing with a whole-community and responsibility-based approach. Don has written the book from the perspective of a businessman whose interest and subsequent involvement stems first from his employee, then a compassionate and compelling group of individuals in law enforcement and our justice system. "Equal protection under the law is one of the basic premises of the American justice system. Yet many Americans feel this concept is not only elusive, but virtually impossible to attain. It's something we hope for and work to make real. Chief Grady has given us a practical approach to seeking justice while at the same time practicing reality. His book should be a must read for courses in community-police relations and for individuals and groups who want to better understand how our criminal justice system works, what good policing is, what changes are needed, and how we can all engage in making it happen. One of the great divides in our country is how different racial, ethnic, gender and age groups view law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Donald Grady, Ph.D. has written an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and easy-to-decipher book that becomes more intriguing with each page. I love it!" --Danny K. Davis, Ph.D.; U.S. Representative; 7th Congressional District, Illinois
i PRISON is the autobiography of a veteran journalist who spent ten years under the rule of the Indiana Department of Correction. What is inherent in Hoosierland is not much different than what is found in other states. Why the small i? Because incarceration made him feel small, real small. The book is sub-titled, “The Injustice in Justice.” “While in a daze as best I remember, I was grabbed by the arm and led from the courtroom. I was too stunned to cry. I was unable to turn my head and look at my loved ones. My mind became a blank as my life as I had known it for almost 72 years came to an end.” to “When I walked out of the prison ingesting at long last fresh, fresh air, I broke down for several minutes in the comfortable front seat of Carole’s car. I couldn’t control myself, much as I tried. Six-plus years of emotions spewed forth.” i PRISON is a story of “trials and imprisonment that needs to be told,” according to author/book publisher Nancy Niblack Baxter, daughter of longtime federal judge John L. Niblack. “People need to know how screwed up a man’s life can be by legal mistakes and laziness of a system over which an individual has no control,” Mrs. Baxter stated. As you read this book, you will notice statements that seem to contradict earlier assertions. One instance is that prisoners should be educated as part of a rehabilitation program, but also that college courses are offered. I don’t know the number taking courses (including G. E. D.) but, out of 25,000 inmates, the percentage is small. Thus, not much education. I have tried to be fair; however, from the inside of the prison system it is difficult not to be biased, so consequently the minuses far outweigh the plusses. To be otherwise would not be true. I hope that this is the closest to the justice system readers of this book come and that my account is both enlightening as well as interesting. I also hope that it will give second thoughts to any who might be on the verge of breaking the law and will motivate those in a position to improve the prison system. I emphasize that “the worst day of your life while not in prison . . . . is way, way better than your best day while in prison.”
The Department of Justice Watches Over the Law But Who Watches the Watchmen? The Department of Justice is America’s premier federal law enforcement agency. And according to J. Christian Adams, it’s also a base used by leftwing radicals to impose a fringe agenda on the American people. A five-year veteran of the DOJ and a key attorney in pursuing the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, Adams recounts the shocking story of how a once-storied federal agency, the DOJ’s Civil Rights division has degenerated into a politicized fiefdom for far-left militants, where the enforcement of the law depends on the race of the victim. In Injustice, Adams reveals: The inside story of how the Obama DOJ spiked the voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party—and the Panthers’ little-known public appearance with Obama How the Obama administration changed DOJ hiring policy to ensure radical leftists would dominate the Civil Rights Division The Obama DOJ’s bizarre agenda, from insisting on kids’ rights to attend school dressed as transvestites, to litigating for teachers’ rights to take paid vacations to Mecca How the DOJ has repeatedly sided with political bosses who flagrantly disenfranchise entire communities of white voters Why the DOJ’s fixation on racial grievance threatens the integrity of the 2012 elections If you thought the federal government was dedicated to race-neutral equal protection, Injustice will set you straight. This searing indictment of government malfeasance unveils the astonishing political extremism and outright lawlessness that now infects on of the government’s most powerful agencies. With everything from civil rights laws to America’s voting system at risk, Adams sound the alarm on a gathering threat to our nation’s future.
The Injustice of Justice
The year was 1925. A young copyboy, just out of college, was given the job of reporter. Not only was he fulfilling his life’s dream, he was reporting on a trial that became the interest of the nation. In a small rural town in Alabama in 1925, a man was prosecuted for a capital crime. Was he tried fairly based on the facts? Did the town people get so caught up in the excitement of their exposure from the trial that justice was placed by the wayside? Was there a predestined outcome for this trial with the accuser being an elderly white woman and the accused being her gardener, an elderly black man. Tho slavery had been over for many years, the teachings were passed down from previous generations. “White was Right,” with no questions asked. The Injustice of Justice shows just how deeply the separation by color was and of the consequences. The story may tug at your conscience and your heart. Either way, it may be an emotional experience that will leave you sympathetic to an elderly black man named “Jake.”
Pourquoi une minuscule inégalité de traitement provoque-t-elle notre indignation, alors que des morts injustes peuvent nous laisser indifférents ? Qu'est-ce qui déclenche en nous le sentiment d'injustice ou, au contraire, l'inhibe ? Comment chacun de nous définit-il le juste et l'injuste, et comment le vit-on au quotidien ? Dans le domaine du travail, par exemple, à partir de quels critères évalue-t-on qu'un salaire est juste ou injuste ? Est-il juste de toujours honorer sa parole ? Doit-on payer toutes ses dettes ? Dans le domaine de la morale, notamment de la sanction pénale, quels critères retenir pour fixer une "juste" peine ? Comment tenir compte - ou non - du parcours de vie du délinquant ? Quelle place faire à la victime ? Dans le domaine des relations familiales, du "juste aimer", comment tolère-t-on l'injustice d'un parent, d'un conjoint ou d'un enfant ? Avec qui, et jusqu'où, se montrer solidaire : est-il juste de "payer" pour ses enfants, pour ses parents ? Plus globalement, notre soif de justice ne signifie-t-elle pas que le temps est venu de respecter autrui ?.
Justice and injustice
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Can a justice system that doesn’t protect the poor be considered truly just? We have all heard the phrase, “You have the right to an attorney.” But did you know this is only true for those being accused of a crime in our country, not their victims? Without a legal advocate, innocent victims are left to fend for themselves. The church is called to do justice and love mercy. We are given the example of the Good Samaritan serving a victim in need, no matter the stigmas attached. But how are we to do this amidst the complexities of the current system? Bruce Strom left a successful legal career to start Administer Justice, a nonprofit organization providing free legal care to our most vulnerable neighbors. Gospel Justice calls churches across the nation to transform lives by serving both the spiritual and legal needs of the poor through participation in the Gospel Justice Initiative. It is not only a book for lawyers or pastors, though. Bruce Strom is calling each of us, the whole body of Christ, to join the cause of legal justice for the oppressed.
Bad Company and Burnt Powder
Bad Company and Burnt Powder is a collection of twelve stories of when things turned "Western" in the nineteenth-century Southwest. Each chapter deals with a different character or episode in the Wild West involving various lawmen, Texas Rangers, outlaws, feudists, vigilantes, lawyers, and judges. Covered herein are the stories of Cal Aten, John Hittson, the Millican boys, Gid Taylor and Jim and Tom Murphy, Alf Rushing, Bob Meldrum and Noah Wilkerson, P. C. Baird, Gus Chenowth, Jim Dunaway, John Kinney, Elbert Hanks and Boyd White, and Eddie Aten. Within these pages the reader will meet a nineteen-year-old Texas Ranger figuratively dying to shoot his gun. He does get to shoot at people, but soon realizes what he thought was a bargain exacted a steep price. Another tale is of an old-school cowman who shut down illicit traffic in stolen livestock that had existed for years on the Llano Estacado. He was tough, salty, and had no quarter for cow-thieves or sympathy for any mealy-mouthed politicians. He cleaned house, maybe not too nicely, but unarguably successful he was. Then there is the tale of an accomplished and unbeaten fugitive, well known and identified for murder of a Texas peace officer. But the Texas Rangers couldn't find him. County sheriffs wouldn't hold him. Slipping away from bounty hunters, he hit Owlhoot Trail.
"A groundbreaking book . . . revealing the systemic, everyday problems in our courts that must be addressed if justice is truly to be served."—Doris Kearns Goodwin Attorney and journalist Amy Bach spent eight years investigating the widespread courtroom failures that each day upend lives across America. What she found was an assembly-line approach to justice: a system that rewards mediocre advocacy, bypasses due process, and shortchanges both defendants and victims to keep the court calendar moving. Here is the public defender who pleads most of his clients guilty with scant knowledge about their circumstances; the judge who sets outrageous bail for negligible crimes; the prosecutor who habitually declines to pursue significant cases; the court that works together to achieve a wrongful conviction. Going beyond the usual explanations of bad apples and meager funding, Ordinary Injustice reveals a clubby legal culture of compromise, and shows the tragic consequences that result when communities mistake the rules that lawyers play by for the rule of law. It is time, Bach argues, to institute a new method of checks and balances that will make injustice visible—the first and necessary step to reform.
Justice and Injustice in Law and Legal Theory
Running through the history of jurisprudence and legal theory is a recurring concern about the connections between law and justice and about the ways law is implicated in injustice. In earlier times law and justice were viewed as virtually synonymous. Experience, however, has taught us that, in fact, injustice may be supported by law. Nonetheless, the belief remains that justice is the special concern of law. Commentators from Plato to Derrida have called law to account in the name of justice, asked that law provide a language of justice, and demanded that it promote the attainment of justice. The justice that is usually spoken about in these commentaries is elusive, if not illusory, and disconnected from the embodied practice of law. Furthermore, the very meaning of justice, especially as it relates to law, is in dispute. Justice may refer to distributional issues or it may involve primarily procedural questions, impartiality in judgment or punishment and recompense. The essays collected in Justice and Injustice in Law and Legal Theory seek to remedy this uncertainty about the meaning of justice and its disembodied quality, by embedding inquiry about justice in an examination of law's daily practices, its institutional arrangements, and its engagement with particular issues at particular moments in time. The essays examine the relationship between law and justice and injustice in specific issues and practices and, in doing so, make the question of justice come alive as a concrete political question. They draw on the disciplines of history, law, anthropology, and political science. Contributors to this volume include Nancy Coot, Joshua Coven, Robert Gorton, Frank Michelin, and Michael Tossing. Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College. Thomas R. Kearns is William H. Hastie Professor of Philosophy, Amherst College.