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Justice Not Served

Updated on March 2, 2014
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Fighting for clear justice day by day,

The heart of the attorney is there to stay.

Each story is always in shades of gray

Today, tomorrow and yesterday.


It’s all a matter of rich and poor,

A fight for life, it’s understood.

Yet when the case comes to trial,

Law and fact are under denial.


It’s the defendant who feels the shame

The need for tears, the feeling for blame.

The attorney knows the truth like the land

And the hourglass of time fueled by sand.


The laws today may not be the same,

It always depends on the toss of the dice.

What is the will of the Court of Acclaim?

Who will now pay the highest price?


If justice is served once again

Will the length of the sentence really be fair?

Who is the victim and what is humane?

Does the merit of the court really care?


At the end of the long ride,

Who will prevail?

The one with the money bona fide.

Justice is served on a stacked scale.


The victim is still sorely unserved,

The winners with the money, undeserved.

The attorney who worked diligently felt worst of all

A tear hit the ground, echoed in the hall.


Justice is moot where it matters most

Benefactors of the world, why can’t we see?

Simple freedom can be a ghost

But this is not the land of the brave, the home of the free.

© 2014 Deb Hirt

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Rolly, there's always something in the judicial system, eh?

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HiDeb... great poem and words spoken with truth and meaning, well done. In Canada our courts are much the same, a slap on the wrist for this or that then the complete opposite judgement passed on something as insignificant as Jay Walking. Toss in the claim for momentary mental insanity and off you go free and clear. A common joke here is "You can always tell when its cold outside as te lawyers have their hands in their own pockets for a change."

      Hugs from Canada

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Ken Snowdon. I have also found the poorer the country, the less justice, if you can imagine that.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, DzyMsLizzy! You are right about justice for the wealthy, especially in this economy.

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      Ken Snowdon 3 years ago

      Couldn't have been expressed any better than how you've done it here in verse and the clincher is the photo of the gavel with the dollar bill tucked nicely under it's head. Who is serving who? Money speaks loud and clear as always, god forbid we be poor middle class innocents, its the rich and famous who walk. Its been that way since the beginning of time and will until the end of it. Well written, bravo. Voted Up.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      VERY well put! Hubby and I have been saying for years, "You get all the justice you can afford to buy." And I've been known to state that I feel the last line in the Pledge of Allegiance should be changed to read, "...and justice for all the wealthy."

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Audrey! Thanks so much.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Strong write with a clear message!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, teaches…I have been spreading myself around the world, and I stand with passport in hand...

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You have just demonstrated how the pen can change the world. Your thoughts are moving, and hopefully it will affect those who make the laws of judgement

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Precisely, ChitrangadaSharan.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub with a great message, something about the universal legal system everywhere.

      I never thought this could be expressed in a poem!

      Very well done!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Vellur. It happens in every country of the world...

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      It is sad that the judicial system is this way and as you say this land is definitely not for the brave and home of the free. Great poem.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I know, Nell, it's always something...

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Great poem Deb, and something that happens every single day, just watching the Pistorious trial, we shall see....heres the key, throw it away in his case though! lol!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kevin!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Leslie, always the way that it is, BUT there are some things that the courts can't control...

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I think that was beautifully written Deb. Voted up and shared.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Money, money, money - cha,ching! Sigh..

      it's a 2 - if not 3 tiered 'justice' system - and i use the term loosely..

      The libra in me loved this!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Perspycacious, we all have to seek what is right...

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, manatita. There is so much that is not right.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The provided legal help for the indigent is sorely limited as is its investigative muscle as stacked against the well-funded prosecutors. May God preserve us from such trials and from end-of-life care as well.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      With the trial of Oscar Pistorious being a big thing on the news a.m., this is a timely poem.

      Great topic! Read about justice in The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (if you haven't). Have a great day!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jackie. A lot of strange things can happen, no question about it. It happens all over the world, too.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      No it sure isn't Deb and the judicial system is rotten to the core. Excellent subject! Great poem. ^