Theories Of The Broken Justice System

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The American people rely on the justice system set up by our founding fathers to uphold certain standards of fairness and equality. Society is brainwashed into believing that the justice system is to flaw and bad people are supposed to go to jail. However, this has not been the case for many years due to corruption in the Supreme Court followed by the Federal Courts and other inferior state courts. The American justice system has taken on a life of its own, following theories of fairness that are no longer connected to the needs of a free society. Instead of a justice system that weeds out the good from the evil, power has been given to the prosecutors, finding a good lawyer is harder than it seems, and rules have become unconstitutional.…show more content…
Prosecutors are arguably the most influential figures in the American criminal justice system. They decide which charges to bring, what plea bargains to offer, and what sentences to request. According to attorney advocates, prosecutors across the country are abusing their legal power and getting away with it. The most common forms of prosecutorial misconduct are hiding exculpatory evidence and engaging in improper examination and argumentation. Another form of intentional misconduct is the use of false testimony to win convictions. In 2009, Goodman, a well-known attorney in Chicago represented Brian Wilbourn in a federal narcotics case. Prosecutors knowingly allowed an informant to testify that Wilbourn sold crack cocaine out of a penthouse apartment over a three-year period when he was in fact nowhere near the scene at any time. Stephen Saloom, a former attorney, acknowledges that prosecutors are abusing their power, he quotes "As best we can determine, most prosecutors ' offices don 't even have clear internal systems for preventing and reviewing misconduct, but perhaps even more alarming is that bar oversight entities tend not to act in the wake of even serious acts of misconduct. We do not accept this lack of accountability and oversight for any other government entity where life and liberty are at stake, and there 's no reason we should do so for prosecutors"…show more content…
An attorney is like any other profession, such as a doctor, mechanic, accountant, or engineer, there are good ones, and there are bad ones. With lawyers, it is extra tough for the average person to tell the difference. Also, in a civil courthouse you do not get to pick your lawyer, you take what they give you. One attorney states that "50 percent of all people engaged in litigation will end up hating, at least, two lawyers," (Case). There are the lawyers who graduated from law school, passed the Bar Exam, and are licensed to practice law in the state, but seem to have no idea how to defend a client in a criminal case at trial due to lack of experience. Some lawyers lose sight of maintaining post-conviction alternative routes for their customers. Another source agrees quotes "The reality is that prosecutorial misconduct is at least as serious a problem at the local level, where prosecutors are less well-trained" (Lindorff). Finding an experienced lawyer who is all for the client is not as easy as it seems, but they do
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