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March 16, 2011



Wait until the public stops the blind faith adherence to the "rule of law". California judiciary you have what the middle east dictators didn't have i.e. a ten maybe fifteen year notice that people will take to the street for justice and not the "rule of law". Take away justice, then, and what are governments but great bandit bands?
Saint Augustine, Civitas Dei (City of God,4.4)


It always sounds like a good idea to make cuts to the court system. The problem is so few people are actually familiar with, or have an understanding of how the system works (let alone the Constitution).

The most frustrating thing that I see with cut backs in the court system is, that judges are shifting costs to the defendants (I'm a criminal defense attorney). For example, in Washington State our speedy trial rule has all but been gutted. Prosecutors are no longer held to a strict time line. I recently have had a case continued on two separate trial dates, because the prosecutor was not ready. Mind you this is a misdemeanor case with a two page report. But everyone seems to think that this behavior is okay, because of cut backs.

The point is not to complain about that (at least here), but to show how these cut backs are actually just shifting costs to the Defendants. We cannot let this continue to happen.

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