Justice Is Blind

Is she wearing a blindfold?

Disputing the “Innocent until proven guilty” premise



Themis - the 'God of Justice' at B.C. Courthouse, Vancouver





Exhibit A: We all know that in a fair justice system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but, just as a matter of speculation, what if the accused are 100% guilty of a crime? Is it “justice” that allows their defense lawyers to find “reasonable doubt” after seven year’s delay? Or to find minute technical differences in evidence in an attempt to discredit witnesses? Seems to me that in these instances, the REAL criminals and what REALLY happened are not on trial - the procedures are.
Perhaps there is room for doubt: is a conviction of 99%, 96% or 85% guilty going to help the REAL victims in a trial? Where is the “Defense” counsel for murdered victims - do we need another counsel group that is allowed to speak for the defense-less (i.e. Counsel C) to clarify technical issues related to what is initially deemed as “inadmissible evidence”?
How can a society progress when it allows gang members to make a mockery of justice? And what is “justice” to a drug dealer / enforcer? Why is it that they have absolutely no respect for law when they commit their crimes, yet fully use and abuse law when it serves their purposes in criminal proceedings? Or is such a trial necessary so that next time they get better at avoiding getting caught for their actions, or finding a better defense lawyer (or heaven forbid, even more defense lawyers) to uncover more unconsequential loopholes? But I digress, since, thank goodness I am not a lawyer, and...

Disclaimer: Note that all people, places and events mentioned above (Exhibit A), and all the above rambling comments above (Exhibit A) are not related to, nor have anything to do with the “Surrey Six Trial” (Exhibit B) which is coincidentally taking place in Vancouver, B.C., starting on September 30, 2013, six years after the original slayings occurred on October 19, 2007 at the Balmoral Tower in Surrey, B.C.

Exhibit B: In this “Surrey Six Trial”, three gangsters are accused in one of the most heinous murders in B.C. history: Matthew Johnston, Cory Haevischer and Quang Vinh Thang (Michael) Le. Together, with Dennis Karbovanec (who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2009) and Jamie Bacon, they are accused of killing Edward Narong, Corey Lal, Michael Lal, Ryan Bartolomeo in a gang-related slaying. Ed Schellenberg and Chris Mohan were also killed as innocent bystanders.

May justice prevail for all of the accused, and if they are not guilty (as they all pled), my sympathy goes out to them. However, if they are guilty (in whole or part), may REAL justice be dealt in this case... but of course, in a legal sense - not in the style that they themselves have become accustomed to...

I wonder what Ed Schellenberg and Chris Mohan would think, looking down at these proceedings...

Quote from CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, “... but I’m not bitter!”

by Joe Defries, brother-in-law of Ed Schellenberg

Vancouver Sun Update on 2 December 2017: “Bombshell Jamie Bacon ruling breaks hearts of murder victims’ families. The families of the two bystanders killed in the Surrey Six drug murders a decade ago have been left disgusted and broken-hearted after the B.C. Supreme Court threw out charges against Jamie Bacon, the man accused of being the mastermind behind the slaughter.
Steve Brown, who lost his brother-in-law Ed Schellenberg, said Saturday that he felt numb when he heard news of the court’s ruling. He said that he is too ‘worn out’ to be angry.
‘There is no trust left. People are just disgusted. They are just disgusted with the whole thing,’ Brown said.”


The trouble with law is lawyers.” - Clarence Darrow

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Justice is incidental to law and order. - J Edgar Hoover

Lawyers are guardians of the legal order. - Philip Wood

What do you call a lawyer gone bad? Senator. - Marvin Lebman

Where there's a will there's a lawsuit. - Addison Mizner

Judge, could I, waddya call, encroach the bench? - Archie Bunker

Mother-In-Law Sandwich: Cold shoulder and tongue - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

We are never to judge a philosophy by its abuse. - Augustine

Heartbreak is a loss. Divorce is a piece of paper. - Taylor J Reid

Lawyers are the foot soldiers of our Constitution. - Rennard Strickland

Lawyers are ideological enemies of informal justice. - Richard L Abel

Stop soft soapin' and trying to deterge the judge! - Archie Bunker

It is an ill cause that the lawyer thinks shame o'. - John Ray

Justice is a law of nature rarely found in human affairs. - Unknown

You're breakin' about 18 laws, maybe even a dozen. - Archie Bunker

Laws, like spider webs, catch flies and let hawks go free. - Spanish Proverb

I've never been in love. I've always been a lawyer. - Unknown

If you laid all our laws end to end, there would be no end. - Arthur Baer

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves. - Albert Camus

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. - Wayne W. Dyer

Don't judge a book by its cover 'til you've read the book. - Jamie Lee Curtis

So I will say it with relish. Give me a hamburger but hold the lawsuit. - S.I. Hayakawa

Lawyers are men who will swear black is white, if they are paid for it. - Edward Counsel

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. - Winston Churchill

He who will always be his own lawyer will often have a fool for a client. - J Hunter

The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them. - Karen M Moning

Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage. - Ambrose Bierce

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Humour is based on a modicum of truth. Ever heard a joe-k about a father-in-law? - Dick Clark

Lawyers generally know too much of law to have a very clear perception of justice. - Eliza Cook

Show me a Jewish boy who doesn't go to medical school and I'll show you a lawyer. - Milton Berle

Divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet. - Robin Williams

Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law. - Stockwell Day

Lawyers are like foxes, small and innocuous, but all the time stealthily sniffing the air. - Michael O'Sullivan

What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary? - Marion Barry

Grammar, which knows how to lord it over kings, and with high hands makes them obey its laws. - Moliere

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges. - Anatole France

Whatever their other contributions to our society, lawyers could be an important source of protein. - Guindon

Beware of lawyers and consultants and people who do not take risks and who do not get their hands dirty. - Felix G Rohatyn

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. - Plato

There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes. - Robert Kennedy

I have a huge interest in hockey because I grew up in Canada, where it's kind of the law that you love hockey. - Matthew Perry

Lawyers were notorious for finding cases in the most unlikely places, especially ones with huge potential damage awards. - Jodi Picoult

Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes. - Billy Connolly

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. - Martin Luther King Jr.

The great trial lawyers are the ones who help their jurors by providing them with the tools with which to reach the right verdict. - G Christopher Ritter

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. - John F Kennedy

Too many young folk have an addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love. - Cornel West

The judge asked, "What do you plead?" I said, "Insanity, your honour, who in their right mind would park in the passing lane?" - Steven Wright

The Post Office just recalled their newest stamps. They had a picture of lawyers on them, and people couldn't figure out which side to spit on. - Marvin Lebman


see also   Legal  Section
Justice Is Blind - Part 2

Gun Laws
Legal Assistance For All
Memorial Service for Ed Schellenberg
Surrey Six Trial - Word Search Puzzle

 

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03-Aug-2020