Monday, December 18, 2006

Money and Justice 

The continuing self-destruction of the District Attorney in the Duke player rape case is an example of the worst PR a government official has practiced in a long time. On the other hand, it gives one pause. The students involved are from wealthy families who are able to pay lawyers to show the injustice of the DA's action.

It's chilling to think that others have gone to jail -- particularly the poor -- because they did not have adequate defense for similar miscarriages of justice. Even in the legal system, good PR is what one can afford. One would hope it would be different someday, but that is unlikely.

The rich can buy better justice. That said, I remember the words of one Duke player from a few months ago who asked why a person could destroy another's reputation for no good reason. It occurred to me that he had learned the ways of the world. It happens all of the time.


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