Obstruction of justice
by US~Observer Staff
What is justice exactly, and what does it mean to you? Does it mean that someone gets what he deserves? Does it mean that truth is adhered to and reason is afforded to those who stand in front of it? Does it mean that when someone goes through the system and they are ruled or determined to be guilty or innocent, they have been served with it? Or, is it simpler? Justice being blind, does a simple fact establish it? No matter how it is determined, justice can almost always be defined as a state of being that is right, without wrong.
The cornerstone of our system of justice was established in the Constitution. Even in the preamble, the founders set forth their intentions:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
And then in the bill of rights under the 5th Amendment:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Then again in the 6th Amendment:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
It is clear that the founders of the United States took the role of justice seriously.
Today, establishing justice for an individual has become a tricky affair. More laws, rules and processes have been added over time in an effort to clarify the procedures of the system rather than ensuring an individual’s right to impartiality and fairness. The result is that facts are dismissed because of objections, precedence and shortsighted legislative actions that end up obscuring truth from those who are to judge.
This system is a mechanized behemoth beholden to no one. If you disagree, you are scrutinized and ostracized. If you stand against it, you are guilty of obstructing it.
We now have a system that pursues the accused without regard for truth. Its sole purpose is to convict. Prosecutors, and even judges, often turn a blind eye to evidence if it “inconveniently” challenges their assertions. From the moment of an arrest, the machine grinds out press releases informing the public of the dirty deed. The mainstream media gluttonously laps up any presumed guilt and passes it on.
The system knows the benefits of a public whose opinion is that a charged person is a guilty one; the verdict is secured before the trial even takes place. This has resulted in a growing number of falsely charged people facing the fight of their lives while mistakenly thinking that our justice system is designed to be just. Justice can’t be had when impartiality is lost.
The system itself is guilty of obstruction of justice. We either live with it, knowing that you will be considered guilty until proven innocent; or we change it, fighting it with everything we have because it is the right thing to do.
It comes down to how you define justice. For me, justice is truth. It is sacred. It is an absolute, and it is our right to seek it on all those who deny it.