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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The trouble with law is lawyers. - Clarence Darrow

Generosity is the flower of justice. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Lawyers are the jackals of commerce. - Elbert Hubbard

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once. - Charles Lamb

A flagrant violation of international law. - Unknown

Lawyers are seldom loved but often needed. - Robert B McKay

A lawyer and a cart wheel must be greased. - John R Beard

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Judge a man by the reputation of his enemies. - Arabian Proverb

Lawyers are fleas on the hide of human nature. - Stephen King

Swift justice demands more than just swiftness. - Potter Stewart

A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman. - Robert Frost

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

Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke. - Robin Hall

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. - William Shakespeare

Lawyers are in the business of advocacy, not judgment. - Allan C Hutchinson

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. - Oscar Wilde

Sometimes justice is at its most merciful when it's blind. - Nancy Gibbs

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. - Reinhold Niebuhr

Lawyers are like beavers. They get in the mainstream and dam it up. - John Naisbitt

A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns. - Mario Puzo

All the honesty in the world ain't legal tender for a loaf of bread. - Josh Billings

I don't want to know what the law is, I want to know who the judge is. - Roy M. Cohn

I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge? - Douglas Adams

It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands. - Spanish Proverb

The language of the law must not be foreign to the ears of those who are to obey it. - Learned hand

My mother-in-law has so many wrinkles, when she smiles she looks like a Venetian blind. - Les Dawson

To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt. - Elizabeth C Stanton

Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. - Mark Twain

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend. - St. Augustine

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. - Nelson Mandela

The law was made for one thing alone - for the exploitation of those who don't understand it. - Bertoit Brecht

In a litigation-happy society, clear agreements often prevent small disagreements form becoming big ones. - Harvey Mackay

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself. - Henry James

Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in. - Brendan Behan

The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind, the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity. - Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest. - Sri Chinmoy

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. - Albert Einstein

If you want to kill an idea without being identified as the assassin, suggest that the legal department take a look at it. - Scott Adams

One does not, by knowing all the physical laws as we know them today, immediately obtain an understanding of anything much. - Richard P Feynman

It is the business of a lawyer to find a hole to creep out of any law that is in his way; and if there is no hole, to make one. - W Ouseley

There is a direct relationship between a person's grasp and experience of God's grace and his or her heart for justice. - Unknown

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

Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. - Anton Chekhov

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it was stupid. - Albert Einstein

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

There is only one categorical imperative: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become universal law. - Immanuel Kant


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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