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  •  Obedience that is coerced is essentially abusive. (12+ / 0-)

    The culture of obedience is abusive. Their single commandment is compliance.
    Prosecutors have absolute immunity. Their decisions cannot be challenged because they are presumed to have no personal interest but to act merely as conduits between the executive and the judiciary. Prosecutors are unaccountable middlemen. Our system of social organization is replete with them. It's supposed to be a virtue since their behavior is not determinative. Like salesmen or real estate agents, they merely serve as conduits, who get paid regardless and are, therefor, considered objective. That personal ambition or animus might influence them isn't taken into consideration because we assume the ambition leads to people doing a good job.
    Much injustice is perpetrated at the nexus.  Some innocent people spend half their lives in prison because the prosecutor was motivated by lust for power. Our justice system is in need of more supervision by the people. I don't think the people in it appreciate that there are no more persistent persons than the falsely accused.

    The SCOTUS was about to address the problem of unaccountable prosecutors in a case out of Ohio. However, after the oral arguments, when it looked like the court was going to issue a precedent setting ruling, the county that had appealed a lower court adverse finding, settled the case before the decision came down and that ended it. In that case, the prosecutor was definitely derelict in having jiggered the evidence.

    Then too, there's the propensity to pass laws to coerce obedience from the citizenry, rather than promote just behavior by public officials. Not to mention that the hierarchical organization of our public institutions, which demands strict obedience from the participants (obedience to the hierarchy, not the public), leads them to demand compliance from the people they consider their inferiors. That the people rule is just widely recognized, yet. After all, universal suffrage and FOIA are just four decades old.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:14:40 PM PST

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