Is Justice Really Blind?

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English 101 Mr. Young 13 October 2012 Is Justice Really Blind? The United States of America bases its whole judicial system around “blind justice” but is justice always blind? Since day one, justice has been portrayed as impartial. Ronald Nikkel says the U.S judicial system is represented by an elegant lady holding a set of scales in one hand and a sword in her other, while wearing a blindfold. She carries the balances symbolizing fairness and the sword symbolizing power and authority, and she wears the blindfold, symbolizing objective justice for all people, without preference or discrimination, regardless of identity, wealth, power, social status, position, or circumstances (“Justice is not Blind”). However, is this always…show more content…
This was the most blatant display of corrupt justice in recent years. According to an article in USA Today, Donte Stallworth was extremely cooperative with authorities and remorseful throughout the process and this correlated with his sentence (Davis). Many people are remorseful and cooperative after taking someone’s life with their irresponsible actions, and are still given stiff penalties. It is clear that money will indeed buy you justice in the United States of America. It has been said that America has the best criminal justice system that money can buy. Paul Wright states, after more than 16 years in prison I have yet to meet anyone who was wealthy when they were convicted. I long ago concluded that what people did, in the way of crimes, had no bearing on whether they came to prison Wealth is the determining factor (“The Crime of Being Poor”). The United States of America judicial system is extremely biased, a reform is desperately needed. Some may disagree with this and insist it is the criminal conduct of the poor that leads to incarceration but the evidence indicates otherwise. Paul Write wrote, the past two decades has seen over 100 people exonerated and released from death row after being convicted and sentenced to death. During the same period, hundreds if not thousands more have been released from prison after being exonerated of the
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