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  •  Well, yes, that's a different matter (1+ / 0-)
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    I would like for them to be more equally applied but won't hold my breath.
    The factors that race and particularly wealth play in how you fare in the criminal justice system are well known. But that's an issue for the justice system and society, and not the law itself.

    Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

    by Pi Li on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:45:38 AM PDT

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    •  What is the justice system (3+ / 0-)
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      coquiero, Kristina40, 3goldens

      without the laws? Can they exist independently? Can society?

      We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

      by Vita Brevis on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:47:56 AM PDT

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      •  Well (4+ / 0-)

        Take for example possession of cocaine. On its face, of course it's a race neutral law. Setting aside libertarian arguments about drug laws, there's nothing wrong with statutes making possession of cocaine illegal. People of any race can be (and are) arrested and convicted of cocaine possession.

        But if the justice system is applying those laws in such a way that disparately impact minorities, that's an issue that the system and society has to address. But the law itself isn't necessarily bad, merely the "unfair" application of it.

        Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

        by Pi Li on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:55:24 AM PDT

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