How the Justice System Really Works

One of the few commentators whose posts I always read every one of, religiously, is Fred Reed. A former Marine, badly wounded in Vietnam, he now lives in Mexico. He is one of the very few people I know of who is absolutely free of cant, of political correctness Right or Left [yes, there is Rightwing Political Correctness], who just says what he thinks. Consequently he has a lot of enemies. In his posts over the years, there is something to offend everyone.

I don’t always agree with him, by a long chalk. He has too much of the attitude of the scientist coolly examing a specimen under a microscope in his analysis of the dying American Republic, and very little of the partisan who wants to influence the outcome.

But he is always worth reading. Always.

Anyway, here’s his latest. If you like it, look through his past posts. None of them are boring.

The other day a friend and I were partaking of the mortal remains of quite a number of defenseless grapes, and the subject of law enforce arose. Having spent a number of years as a police reporter, I began thinking of curious and often erroneous ideas that people have of what we regard as a system of justice. Without meaning to bore the reader, I offer the following thoughts and observations.

First, any system will make mistakes. The only way to convict all of the guilty is to convict everybody. The only way to avoid convicting the innocent is not to convict anyone. The more the system leans in one direction, the more it will err in the other.

Second, it is absurd to accept the Enlightenment idea that a criminal, having “paid his debt to society” by a stint in prison, will come out and make a new start as a normal human. The fact is that most crime is committed by career criminals. An armed robber aged twenty-nine invariably will have a rap sheet dating from puberty of thirteen arrests and a couple of convictions for assault, drug offenses, gun offenses, drugs, and so on. He is not going to make a fresh start.

Third, the complacent adage that “it is better to let ten guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man” may apply in cases of shoplifting. It may not be better to let ten Ted Bundys go free than to convict an innocent. Your choice may depend on whether you have a daughter in college.

Fourth, people charged with crimes by urban police departments are almost always guilty. There are two reasons for this. One is that they are usually caught in the act, driving the stolen car, carrying the illegal gun, or having drugs in their possession. The other is that DA’s won’t paper a case unless they are pretty sure of winning either in court or by plea bargain…

The full thing here:

OK let’s put you in prison then. just in case

Either make a case, or be quiet.

He’s a leftist version of TrumpTrain, maybe even the same person with split-personality disorder to add to his other problems. After a ‘trial’ period, to see if they would get better, I just put them both on ‘ignore’.

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@MisterBlue, Nancy Pelosi and AOC and the Squad all share something in common. They hate anyone who does fall in line with their political beliefs with a white hot passion.

watch a lot of Fox and friends?

Do you watch Fox and Friends. I hear disagreement, not hate.

Do you listen to AOC and the Squad? Lots of hate there, especially from Omar and Tlibe.

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I knew it

So you “knew” that AOC and the Squad are full of hate. For once you are correct.

Has your typically cryptic response bitten you in the butt?

Is you illiterate?

Do you not know the definition of “cryptic?”

Cryptic - Having a meaning that is mysterious or obscure.

Does my vocabulary intimidate you?

“has you”

I have proved my point with my responses. All you do is babble.

Oh, I know!

You speak Ebonics. I should have known.

evidently YOU do

I have dyslexia, and I am on a iPad, but you have made your silly point point.

Care to address the real point?

some cretin with “dyslexia” has the nerve to cast around “Ebonics” as an insult. sad.


#1 A stupid person, generally used as a term of abuse.

#2 A person who is physically deformed and has a mentally disability, for example from a thyroid condition.

So which one am I?