Equal Justice Under Law? . . . Well . . . Just How Much Justice Can You Afford?

Phil Locke writes: “I’ve been involved in more than a few cases in which we truly believe, or downright know, the defendant is innocent, and the family has had to sell their home, and cash in their life savings to pay for legal counsel in what, more often than not, turns out to be a vain attempt to correct the wrong visited upon them by the justice system.”

Wrongful Convictions Blog

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The words chiseled in stone above the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building say, “Equal Justice Under Law.” A truly noble philosophy – in theory.

But in actual fact, there’s nothing “equal” about justice in this country, and we’re not talking about racial, ethnic, religious, or gender issues here; although they certainly are a factor.  It’s a matter of just plain old “dollars and cents,” coupled with the statistical distribution of human capabilities. That is, the better the lawyer, the more money he/she can, and will, charge. This should not be surprising. It’s Economics 101 – supply and demand – the very bedrock foundation of capitalism. The better lawyers will be in higher demand – for those that can pay for them – and will consequently charge more money for their services. Lawyers are just like any other profession – doctor, mechanic, engineer, carpenter, tailor, chef, etc. – there’s…

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