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The judicial system is biased. People who have to go to court and have their own hired attorneys get a much better deal or sentance than those who have court appointed public defenders. It comes down to money. If you have money, you are considered a "better" person. If you don't have money, you are considered a "lowlife'. We have all seen this happen all over the country in high profile cases. I have witnessed it happen here in our court. When money talks, people walk.
The History channel has had some real good documentries recently on the past Presidents and The Men who Built America......It would appear we have had some pretty shady charecters in some high important places....With none looking for the Good of the Whole....
Well, maybe Lincoln did....
I suspect what your survey really shows is a general distrust of government. If you were to ask similar questions about the Executive Branch (President and Governor), and the Legislative (Congress, California Legislature, and Board of Supervisors), I strongly suspect you would find even greater distrust. Its interesting to note that the most confidence, as low as it is, is in our local courts. County judges are the only ones who are subject to election by the people. Any qualified person can run. On the other hand, judges of the appellate and federal courts are appointed by the Executive and confirmed by the Legislative Branch. It is easier to have confidence in a judge if you know they can be removed at the next election. Federal judges, on the other hand, are in there for life.
True sruirter. And in this county it is also who you are. I saw a person sentenced to a year in jail for prior driving on suspended and a failure to appear.
But a superintendents son get 8 months for multiple counts of child molestation. I think that sums up why most people know the system is corrupted.
When the D.A. ( Hansen I Believe) will take a case to trial over a captive goose. ($250 fine) And then lose it. Shows the lack of common scene and the disregard for fiscal responsibility by the prosecutors in this county.
Also having the same judges sitting for 35 to 40 years is wrong.
Example, AB 109
Our entire gov has been sold out to corporate interests a long time ago. Until we outlaw lobbyists and make term limits for our idiots in power we will continue to be sold out to the highest bidder. It is way past time that the people stop being told what to do by the brain washing media and start opening their eyes to what is really going on to our country instead of worrying about who won American idol. You might wake up one day to find out that there is no more America. The way that the veterans are treated by our gov after they are of no more use to them would be a great place to start.
In this county the DA's Office is all about generating revenue. Every Wednesday morning downtown Sonora the county and city get paid. People are herded into the courthouse told how much to pay and to walk across the street to another branch of the court called the Office of Revenue Recovery. It is there they pay. The DA's Office gets the most out of every victim in county with the cooperation of the local Judicial Branch. They could teach classes on extortion.
As far as I can tell, everyone walks. There is today little disincentive to be lawful.
People don't have faith in the judicial system because when the masses speak with a "vote" we always end up getting shafted by some fringe kook liberal judge who tosses out the will of the people to make a political statement.
Common sense in this country is gone. baby rapist are getting light sentences, bank robbers are getting a "don't do it again" and pretty much anyone who breaks the law for the first time is let off provided they have an excuse riddled defense.
The moral compass of this country had been eradicated by left leaning ideologies that include a thumbs up to kill millions of innocent unborn babies, but a fight to the bitter end to save a murderer on death row.
Until we quit worshiping scumbags like JayZ and Lilí Wayne and start to teach values to our children crime will continue and the court systems will do what they do best, fail to punish.
I have zero faith in a government that would kill its own citzens and then blame it on a another country to start a war ! Don't believe it? Take a look here and see for yourself. This is exactly the same scenario that Bush used with the Weapons Of Mass Destruction that started the Iraq war. That sure got hushed up pretty quick didn't it? Demos or Republicans they are all evil crooks that would kill any one of us for Monetary or Political gain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods
Well that's nothing/not news
I totally disagree that judges should be elected. Application of the law should not be subject to popular whim - it should exist above and beyond what the populace feels is "right" at any point in time. And for those of you who think people are getting off lightly sentence-wise, are you willing to pay higher taxes to build more jails? In this county, for example? Put your money where your mouth is.
For good reason do I not trust the government whether it be local, state, or national government. When a petty crime gets the hammer thrown down on them and then you see someone who kills another serve a short sentence then get released to the public and commit the crime again or worse. Then you have a government give drug cartels large amounts of real assault weapons or a president who covers up Benghazi then go after your honest hard working neighbor for having a legitimate gun with legal papers to prove it become a criminal then you might understand the distrust we have for them. It's gonna take a miracle for me to trust them... It'll never happen!
Oh boy, the tin-foil hatters are out today!
The DEMOCRATS stated that Saddam Hussein had WMDs long before Bush. tiny.cc/k5kzsw tiny.cc/j7kzsw
Saddam Hussein DID kill 500,000 Kurds, using gas, a WMD. tiny.cc/nflzsw
Remember 'Chemical Ali'? tiny.cc/zglzsw
Many Dems said the war on Hussein was worth it. tiny.cc/kalzsw
The majority of Senate Dims voted FOR the war. tiny.cc/dulzsw
For shear lunacy, some libs argue that Reagans sold WMDs to Hussein, AND that Hussein did NOT have WMDs! tiny.cc/volzsw
Primarily because it stopped the 'Food for Oil' debacle, and Hussein genocide, many consider the end of the Hussein Regime to be a good thing.
Trick question: where did the chemical weapons found at the U.N. originate?
== IRAQ ==
I have no faith in the legal system.[He] who has the attorney and/or $$'s will always win.
The judicial system works a lot like this comment site. Whatever the moderator feels appropriate gets printed. What she doesn't feel appropriate she doesn't print.Same as Eleanor provost, Du temple and the honorable D.A. / judge Segerstom. They make the rules you live with what they determine.
There is only the justice you can afford. Everything takes place in the back room and you can't have a seat unless your one of the good ole boys
romeoq55 is right, a guy down the street from me recently lead the police on a high speed chase, crashed his car, was found to be unders the influence and had meth bagged up for sale's. He recieved 150 days in jail. He did 30 days before released. On the other hand, a 30 year old man, with a family, no criminal record and fighting a marijuana case, was offered a 12 months deal in county by the local D.A. He refused the deal, and is now facing 3years 8months! For having the audacity to take it to jury trial.
cop...you have the perfect example of how the DA's office is operated. Almost everything is plea- bargain'ed down to minimal sectencing unless a little bribe is slipped in and then even a goose can be taken to trial. I wonder if the DA's office realizes they are a laughing stock in the eyes of the public and even thier peers.
Skidmoore, your 100% right on the mark
disciplinary charges have been filed on our local D.A.(Clinton E. Parrish) here is the complaint filed:
Well Mr. Kahuna , I have no idea what a "tin foil hatter" is but we all know Bush wanted HIS war and he pushed the Weapons Of Mass Destruction Idea to make it possible and he wasn't talking about poison gas. He was pushing the idea of a Nucleur weapon of some sort because he knew thats what the average person understands and fears. I'm not a Republican Or Democrat so get the idea out of your head that my agenda is politically motivated. Now speaking to Mr. mcarden. If you don't like the idea of the people having a say in who our Judges are this must mean you accept the idea of a Dictatorship because thats what you have when the people have no say in these matters. Remember in a democratic society the people are supposed to decide matters such as this. Its our responsibility as citizens.
I Judicial System I have witnessed in this county has been very disappointing. From disinterest, incompetence, favoritism and dereliction of duty. Money rules. While I know some fine people in the system, as a whole it fails at the top level down.
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