Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice

    By Joel Cohen

    Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice

    Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice

    By Joel Cohen

    Through insightful narrative, case histories, and interviews with ten people who suffered from or participated in legal system injustices, Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice explores and asks the reader to think about how one can determine what is, in fact, an injustice.

    Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice

    By Joel Cohen and John J Palmer

    Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice

    Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice

    By Joel Cohen and John J Palmer

    Through insightful narrative, case histories, and interviews with ten people who suffered from or participated in legal system injustices, Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice explores and asks the reader to think about how one can determine what is, in fact, an injustice.

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    The thought that the United States is a “nation of laws, not of men,” lends security, a sense of certainty, and a predictability to our lives. However, there are many instances where prosecutors, judges, and manipulators of the system too often contribute to injustice, adversely effecting people’s lives.

    However rare, some injustices are “objectively” determined, often through DNA evidence, which allows us to squarely establish innocence despite a conviction. But the stories selected for this book represent a cross-section: some are such that (almost) every reader will see and acknowledge the wrong, and some interviews may leave the readers scratching his head, wondering “what was the author thinking?” By speaking with those impacted by injustices that occurred over the last 60 years––during the 1950s at the height of McCarthyism, the 1980s in Louisiana and New York when race played a large a role in how justice was dispensed and how the media portrayed the participants, the aftermath of 9/11 when many were prepared to believe the worst, and the time shortly before the Supreme Court decided that marriage could be granted to same-sex couples––this book requires readers to look at injustice in the context of our times.

    The stories told by the participants themselves give the reader insight into the challenges of dispensing, and even commenting on, justice. The author asks difficult questions: Is there an injustice when the game seems to have been played fairly, but the System still got it wrong? Is it an injustice when a jury, properly charged with the evidence fairly presented, convicts the wrong man? Or when people, so passionate in their own point of view, use over-the-top tactics to persuade others of their position? These interviews add to the important––and what must be ongoing––conversation about injustice in America.

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    ABA Book Publishing

    Author

    Joel Cohen

    ISBN

    9781634258098

    Page Count

    288

    Product Code

    1620743

    Sponsor Groups

    ABA Book Publishing

    Publisher

    ABA Book Publishing

    Author

    Joel Cohen , John J Palmer

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    9781634258104

    Page Count

    288

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