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There are two attorneys in a criminal case -- both doing their very best to present two different sides of the story. Judges are bound by rules and supervised by an appellate court. All of these are checks and balances. It appears that the jury decided to believe facts that rejected one charge and supported the lesser charge.
But, KatherineKanobe, I gotta ask: since you think the stupidest people in the world serve on juries, how did you get your information on how they work? Serve on juries much?
MS. Katherinekanobe, Thats why we have lawyers, judges and jailers. It is one of the biggest businesses in the nation. The judicial system is flawed when a father who makes a living gets arrested for something like a joint and goes away for years costing the taxpayers and society in general, But because you are from VICTORIA, we know that you have all the answers. If You call this a liberal justice system, you obviously have not traveled abroad much. Locally speaking, You forgot to mention the PEDOPHILE case that was handled so well.
Our judicial system is so flawed. We select the most uneducated, naive people to serve as jurors and then set up the smoke and mirrors for them to be confused and beguiled by attorneys. Not to mention a juge gets to do whatever he or she wants without any system of checks and balances. Criminals are given a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again, but without the fear of incarceration, why not do it again? Our liberal judicial system has completely undermined the trust of the public by making a mockery of the courts and punishments in that they let repeat offenders (felons) back onto our city streets where these degenerates inevitably do the same thing again. We can't even call this justice. At least locally this is simply a dog & pony show of a revolving door where drug users and dealers, batterers, thieves, gang members, and the like simply suffer the minor inconvenience of appearing in trial just to be told, "Don't do it again," yet with no substance to bear any weight to the statement. Thanks.