This is a lesson for our times. Bernard Kerik was known as one of America’s toughest crime fighters. Kerik went from the New York City Police Commissioner to prisoner after being convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years behind bars (for “Nanny issues”). What he learned while serving his sentence is that our prisons and criminal justice system needs massive reform. “We are creating a permanent 2nd underclass of citizens. We’re taking productive people out of the workplace, and branding them forever”.
“We’re putting millions of people in prison for regulatory, administrative and civil issues.”
States have privatized the prison system and have made deals with the private prisons to maintain occupancy rates in prison. This has resulted in overzealous prosecution. Catch too many fish, fudge figures on a mortgage application, sell whale’s teeth on eBay, and pay for the rest of your life for these and a myriad of other low-level crimes that should be handled in other ways.
One way we citizens can curb prosecutorial abuses is through Jury Nullification.
The primary function of the independent juror is not, as many think, to dispense punishment to fellow citizens accused of breaking various laws, but rather to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical abuses of power by government.
The Constitution guarantees you the right to trial by jury. This means that government must bring its case before a jury of The People if government wants to deprive any person of life, liberty, or property. Jurors can say no to government tyranny by its refusing to convict.
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Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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