Un Cachito de la vida

Un Cachito

Un Cachito de la vida - A little piece of Cameron's life

I was blown away by what happens in some of the justice courts in upstate NY (and likely elsewhere), listed here in the NY Times. The article is pretty long, but you can get a lot from just the first page.So what's the big deal?

"Some of the courtrooms are not even courtrooms: tiny offices or basement rooms without a judge's bench or jury box. Sometimes the public is not admitted, witnesses are not sworn to tell the truth, and there is no word-for-word record of the proceedings. Nearly three-quarters of the judges are not lawyers, and many -- truck drivers, sewer workers or laborers -- have scant grasp of the most basic legal principles. Some never got through high school, and at least one went no further than grade school."

Here are some more tidbits:
One woman tried to get a restraining order against her abusive scumbag husband who even threatened to kill her. It was denied. Why? "Every woman needs a good pounding every now and then," according to the justice. That's just sickening. Another justice who ordered a neighbor's dog killed because it had been running loose. His opinion of the law: "I just follow my own common sense, and the hell with the law."Having fun yet? Well, another justice took home a 17-yr-old female defendent with him.There's also a follow-on article that talks about attempts over the years to reform the justice courts.

Posted by charr at 4:44 PM

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