May 18, 2024

Our System of Justice

Prosecutors must strive to do the right thing for the right reason -- every time

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        We as judges we have two critically important mandates.  The first is to do Justice based upon the facts and law of the case and the ethics of our profession.  But the second is equally important, and that is for anyone who cares to believe that Justice has been done.  Our other law enforcement officers have similar mandates.  When I was being interviewed to be a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, it was firmly stressed that prosecutors must strive to do the right thing for the right reason – every time.  We may make mistakes along the way, but if we were trying to do the right thing our supervisors would “have our backs.”  However, if we were acting politically or for personal or other biased reasons, we would be held accountable.  In my life today I often have the opportunity to speak to judges, prosecutors and police officers, and I always try to stress the importance of these mandates.

        Tragically in many ways our country seems to have gotten away from this approach.  And if people even think that any of our judicial systems, prosecutors or police officers are acting politically, it is a terrible thing for our Way of Government.  And, regretfully, in today’s world there is a basis for people to draw these conclusions.  The remedy is not only publicly to stress these mandates, but also for us all to insist that when a question is raised about, for example, whether elections were stolen, or what the motivation was for people entering the nation’s Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, we should immediately convene an investigation.  And this investigation must be done publicly, with the results being truthful, letting the “chips fall where they may.”  And it is our duty as citizens to insist that all of these things be done, without exception.  Why, because, once again I say, it is our government, and if it is not working we have no one to blame but ourselves. 

Saying for the Week: Seen on a pillow on a front yard deck chair in Newport Beach, CA: VITAMIN SEA

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Here is a great idea that I have lifted from Wayne Allyn Root, who was the Libertarian candidate for Vice President in 2008: Candidates should run on a platform of ending all taxes on Social Security. Why? Focus upon this: workers have been required, often for many decades, to pay into Social Security without getting any tax deductions for their contributions. And the government has kept these contributions, often for many decades, without the contributors even receiving any interest on their money whatsoever. So why do we allow the government to tax us on the after-tax money we let them use interest-free for so long? In addition, a retired judge friend of mine made the following comment after reading a draft of this edition: “I’d add that the hardest thing I do when I figure out my 100-year-old Mom’s taxes is figuring the social security taxes with (the necessary) form. And then if I discover a small mistake elsewhere in my taxes, I must start from scratch and redo this form. It occurred to me that lots of 100-year-olds don’t have lawyer sons, nor the means to hire someone with the skill to use an app. What do they do? Horrible.”

Thus, fundamentally, this idea is about fairness – and it is totally workable. In fact, most Americans don’t even remember that Social Security was never taxed until 1984. So if it wasn’t taxed before then why should it be now? Furthermore, many of the Social Security recipients often live hand to mouth, so this action is not only about fairness, it is about assisting potentially millions of retired Americans to pay their bills in this time of high inflation. As a result, political candidates should rightfully run on the “Save the Seniors” banner! Not only would this movement be practical, it would truly be the fair and right thing to do!

Quote for the week: “Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn.” Albert Einstein

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