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Is the legal system Broken?

  1. iggy7117 profile image81
    iggy7117posted 18 months ago

    Is the legal system Broken?

    People get 20 years or more for drugs and people with violent crimes or murder get the same or less in many cases.

  2. Kenny Hagood profile image59
    Kenny Hagoodposted 18 months ago

    Soo true...this started with president Ragan so called war on drugs...Blacks started getting locked up for selling to the whites which was supplied by the mob...And the mob worked for the FBI...informants was officially created in the Regan era...wonder why Blacks out number whites in jail? Blacks sold drugs to whites because no jobs were created...whites had the high paying jobs so blacks wanted the American dream too! That's why the war on drugs was created...and why we see more and more blacks in prison for drugs...Non Violent offenses...when will it stop? Only time will tell...yes it is broker than a government check!!!

    1. bradmasterOCcal profile image30
      bradmasterOCcalposted 18 months agoin reply to this

      The legal system has two parts, Civil and Criminal and what you are talking about is the criminal justice system. Your arguments don't make any sense.

  3. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image99
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 18 months ago

    The legal system can't be broken. The reason is for a thing to be broken it had to have once been whole and functional. So the legal system isn't broken, it just is what it is.

    Jury Nullification is something jurors are apparently not advised about, and are not cognizant of. A jury can actually overturn a law if they decide to do so, and it's way past time Americans start using their powers to nullify bad laws via Jury Nullification.

    A wise man told me a thing a long time ago. The thing he told me was something I hadn't realized, and it allowed me to make sense of things. Laws are always business law. There is no law that does not benefit business in some way.  Every law, even the laws which seem to be common sense for the best of a community, are truly business laws. Because our society mistakes money and wealth for God.

    1. bradmasterOCcal profile image30
      bradmasterOCcalposted 18 months agoin reply to this

      Jury null is a power but not a right of a jury, and it applies more in civil than criminal trials. The jury sys is part of the broken legal system Not enuf chars to complete answer

  4. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 18 months ago


    I'm not sure if it's broken or it's often just not fair.
    Then again (life isn't fair) either.
    One of the problems with the legal system in many people's eyes is it's (not uniform across the board). There are numerous variables such as the jury one gets, the judge one gets, the lawyer that one can afford, and the state in which the crime was committed.
    For instance a 30 year old man having sex with a 16 year old girl in California could go to jail for statutory rape. However if it took place in Hawaii the legal age of consent is 16. Are girls in Hawaii that much more mature than those that live in California?
    Some states have the death penalty and other states do not.
    Another example might be one person gets caught with 2 grams of powdered cocaine and the other gets caught with 2 grams of rock/crack cocaine. The one with the crack gets a stiffer jail sentence.
    The U.S. imprisons more of it's citizens than any other nation.
    Both Republicans and Democrats are considering prison reform.
    A major cause for a lot discrepancies in punishment can be attributed to President Bill Clinton's crime bill and various states "3 strikes" laws.
    A person who had committed two crimes prior would get an automatic term sentence for their third crime even if was for shoplifting a pack of gum!  A study was done by the Vera Institute of Justice in 2012 which revealed  the annual average taxpayer cost in these states was $31,286 per inmate. New York State was the most expensive, with an average cost of $60,000 per prison inmate. (Roughly $39 Billion per year) Tax payers also simply can't afford to keep paying to take care of non-violent inmates and low level criminals long-term. 
    Mandatory Sentencing oftentimes  defies logic and commonsense.