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May 10, 2014

Richard Pryor: "You go down there looking for justice, that's what you find: just us."


I then describe the strengths and weaknesses of our case.
The weaknesses are usually obvious: There are five eyewitnesses against you. Or, you made a confession to both the detective and your grandmother. They found you in possession of a pink cell phone with a case that has rhinestones spelling the name of the victim of the robbery. There is a video of the murderer wearing the same shirt you were wearing when you were arrested, which has the words “In Da Houz” on the back, not to mention you have the same “RIP Pookie 7/4/12” tattoo on your neck as the man in the video.
Confessions of a Public Defender

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 10, 2014 8:25 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Here is a textbook example of cognitive dissonance:

The author, a lawyer, provides plenty of facts displayed without rancor that confirm common knowledge, or rather, common sentiment about Blacks involved with our criminal justice system. The author is a confirmed Liberal. He makes such a case against the Black people and dispels several misconceptions the viewing public might hold, yet he plows right through all this to re-affirm his liberalness. "As for myself, I will continue do my duty to protect the rights of all who need me."

In any get-down crisis where reason has left the scene and blood and violence reign, this protector will be shredded down to the bone and tossed in the fire by the very people he champions.

As for me, I have morals and ideals but I also have a strong sense of survival. When it comes to kill or be killed I have always chosen me first. That works for me.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 10, 2014 10:42 AM

"...so poor they must turn to crime to survive..."


That's why there was so much crime during the great depression. /sarc

Crime against victims is a result of lack of moral character, nothing else.

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 10, 2014 10:48 AM

Do a Google on "the color of crime".

Posted by: Ray at May 10, 2014 12:06 PM

Ray, most of us here already know, and have known all of our lives. Even as a young kid living in rural PA our little town had a section that you did not go to. Not because they were poor or because there was crime, but because it was just too depressing to see how certain people choose to live. Just because you are poor is no reason to abandon dignity and take on an immoral character.

Abandoning dignity and taking on an immoral character will make you poor, and/or dead...and it's not much fun either.

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 10, 2014 7:34 PM

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