The Trayvon Martin Case; Update 31.4: Justice v. Social Justice


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Justice:  When you get in a traffic accident and the other guy gets the ticket.

On the eve of the beginning of the George Zimmerman trial, it may be worthwhile to consider how to evaluate what has been happening, and what will likely happen.  In analyzing the events yet to come–and the George Zimmerman case will not be the end, regardless of the outcome–consider that all of this is essentially a battle between “social justice” and justice.

Justice may be considered to be an outcome of a criminal case in consonance with the law and the rule of law.  It embodies the ethical and honorable actions of every entity in the criminal justice process.  If the police make false arrests or commit perjury, justice is seriously damaged or impossible, and respect for the rule of law diminishes.  If prosecutors file charges without sufficient cause, if they overcharge in the hope…

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