When we think of the Salem witch trials or Sacco and Vanzetti, our impulse is to discount that anything like that could ever happen now.
Yet it does.
We have all sorts of things going wrong in our judicial “system.”
We have too many cases because “stats” drive funding rather than policy driving order and peace.
The more sensational the case, the more winning the case trumps doing justice.
The more sensational the case, the more likely that the accused doesn’t have the resources to fight back.
We flood our courts with “drug” cases but not like the ones I handled as a federal prosecutor in New York against large heroin suppliers. Continue reading