We like to
think that our system of justice is fair. We like to believe that
the police conduct their investigations in an impartial manner and
collect the evidence that exonerates as well is damns the accused.
That was the
ideal but we have strayed sometimes in desperation to skew the process
and convict who we think the public wants convicted. Modern investigative
techniques and tools such as DNA, surveillance video and the data
of credit and debit cards and the cell phones we all carry today
exculpates rather than implicates those investigated for serious
is wholesale cheating in evidence collection and inside our crime
labs to bring conviction. Fingerprint and DNA evidence has been
faked redundantly and the penalties for officials involved are minuscule
when compared to the life prison terms and death penalties the victims
of evidence fraud face.
lazy prosecutors bring to Congress and 50 state legislatures proposed
new laws that attack the due process rights of accused Americans.
It used to be said any prosecutor worth his salt could indict a
ham sandwich. Now they can convict a ham sandwich with the same
amount of ease.
true crime buffs assume every man charged is guilty and demand the
harshest of penalties. They assume every police arrest is based
on some secret fact that can’t be disclosed as they wring their
hands while waiting for a conviction in the theater of the courtroom.
are theater in every respect. They are rehearsed and acted out by
the players. The final chapter is written by the jury who wants
always to be on the side of right. Right meaning the side of the
heroes they see on TV and in the movies. The Cops and prosecutors
have a huge advantage.
me to the German, Volksgerichtshof (People’s Court).
In 1942 the most despicable Nazi ever, Roland Freisler was
appointed as its President. Freisler started out as Communist but
switched his brand of Socialism to the National Socialist variety.
He was a cunning and brilliant man who knew how to please his beloved
Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler.
have been motivated by his Bolshevik past. He may have had a desire
to prove himself especially loyal to Hitler and his Reich by being
was the Third Reich’s version of the FBI. They were
skilled investigators appointed from the ranks of the best German
police agencies. Many of these men were nothing more sinister than
hard working and honorable cops collecting evidence for their government.
Of course there were those tyrants who were promoted based on their
phenomenal efficiency in arrests and convictions.