The more I read about crime and punishment as well as get to know the criminal justice system up close is the greater my distain. Justice is never about justice but the supremacy of one advocacy group over another in this or that issue.
On one level this is blatantly apparent at election time when a person tracks the billions of dollars that industry and advocacy groups dedicate to political campaigns as it is apparent what cohesive groups give endorsements to this or that candidate. Then you only have to go to the web and look up the assorted lobbying groups and their web sites to see that not only do they lobby but they write legislation and they are lead and/or staffed by influential politicians that can get an inside tract.
Yesterday, I wrote about the murders of Frank Valdes and the drum major from FAMU. Then today out of the New York Times comes this article about the clout of the Ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York City filtering their charges of sex abuse through the rabbi prior to it being passed on to the district attorney. This smacks of what the Catholic Church did for decades prior to it reaching a crescendo of civil law suits that could not be ignored.
The sad part is those involved in the cover ups seldom if ever feel the sting of the impact of what they do. However, to those that don’t have a voice behind them, there is precious little assistance and they become the cannon fodder and sacrificial lambs rendered upon the altar of criminal justice.
You only have to look at the difference of the size in the staffing of the State’s Attorney office with that of the Public Defender’s office in any state of the nation to understand this is a universal truth. For Haredi Abuse Cases, Prosecutor Has Different Rules and For Ultra-Orthodox in Abuse Cases, Prosecutor Has Different Rules
As big city as it may seem in the above case, it is just the same in the communities across the nation only on a smaller scale. It seems as if local noise abatement codes were constructed to allow a special nitch that would not allow it to pass constitutional muster. ‘…the city’s noise ordinance that may be unconstitutional under the appeals court rulings.
For one, a complete ban on the nighttime use of loudspeakers, public address systems and other devices to broadcast for “commercial purposes” would be removed from the ordinance.
The 5th District Court of Appeals ruled last fall that the state law declaring music and other broadcast sounds “plainly audible” from 25 feet away to be a citable violation was unconstitutional because it carved out an exemption for political and advertising messages….’ It makes ya wonder just what the city fathers had in mind when they carved out special favors for themselves. Car stereos can blare until court cases are resolved