Flashback #1: Court TV interviews Bob Enyart regarding Scott Peterson's death sentence.
Flashback #2: We purchased OJ Simpson's memorabilia at auction and then burned both his Hall of Fame Award and his Heisman '68 Jersey (which had been hanging in his Brentwood mansion) to call for the installation of a new criminal justice system in America. See KGOV.com/oj.
Flashback #3: Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick as documented at ShadowGov.com and as an editor of the Wall Street Journal wrote, that Bill Clinton's rape of Juanita Broaddrick was an event that "in fact took place." Hear also Bob's worldwide exclusive interview with Juanita Broaddrick and with nurse Norma Rogers, her friend who found Broaddrick wounded and in tears shortly after the assault.
Today's Resource: Have you seen the Government Department at our KGOV Store? We are featuring our classic God's Criminal Justice System seminar and our important videos God and the Death Penalty, Live from Las Vegas, and Bob on Drugs DVDs, and our powerhouse Focus on the Strategy resources!
* Justice System is Just-a-System: Our old quote that Bob Enyart repeated at our O.J. Simpson press conference was picked up by The Quote Garden along with other insights about justice from Earl Warren, Learned Hand, Fredrick Bastiat, Justinian I, Aristotle, and these nuggets...
- Robert Frost "A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer"
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. "This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice"
- Bob Enyart "It's no longer a justice system, now it's just a system"
- J. Edgar Hoover "Justice is incidental to law and order"
- Lenny Bruce "In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls"
- African Proverb "Corn can't expect justice from a court composed of chickens"
- Welsh Proverb "The houses of lawyers are roofed with the skins of litigants"
- Ambrose Bierce "Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage"
- H.L. Mencken, Edmund Burke,Henry David Thoreau, Mae West, Bertrand Russell, Marcus Aurelius
- Charles Evans Hughes "The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known"
- Tacitus "the more corrupt the republic, the more numerous the laws"
- Lao-Tzu "The greater the number of laws... the more thieves and robbers there will be"
- Frank Zappa "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced"
- Lord Halifax "If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers in the first place"
- William Shakespeare "The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, may in the sworn twelve have a thief or two guiltier"
- Will Rogers "We don't give our criminals much punishment, but we sure give 'em plenty of publicity"
- Jonathan Swift "Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through"
- Edmund Burke "It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do"
- The ACLU's evolutionist Clarence Darrow "There is no such thing as justice."
And this: "A trial by jury is justice by committee," said Bob Enyart. Further, for decades and a thousand times over, the entertainment industry, using plot twists to keep the audience interested, accustomed millions to assume that, typically, the person who appears guilty is likely innocent. Thus this observation from the fictional detective James Wong:
Don't You Hate It When: Have you noticed that the media, everyone from your local newspaper reporter to Fox News Channel to TruTV, describe brutal crimes and criminals as though they were games and contestants? They'll say things like, "The only thing the murderer did wrong was to leave behind his cigarette butt." Oh really? That's the only thing he did wrong. We get the point. But the point is worth making without turning crime into a sport. Our culture is sinking into the cesspool of situational ethics and moral relativism. Words have meaning. Ten thousand repetitions of throw-away lines that are morally bankrupt have an effect. So, KGOV says to the media: Stop It!
And finally this: Folks who want to find out what God says about capital punishment just might Google: God and the death penalty, or just, God death penalty. Either way, since the year 2000, they've been finding our article, here at KGOV and over at TheologyOnline.com, ranked by Google as #1 out of millions of pages. (We always also beat out another highly-ranked article, by Antonin Scalia, for those search terms.)
* In Memory of an Insightful Political Satirist: Ambrose Bierce, critical of American governance, wrote definitions for legal terms such as:
Accomplice, n. One associated with another in a crime, having guilty knowledge and complicity, such as an attorney who defends a criminal, knowing him guilty. This view of the attorney's position in the matter has not hitherto commanded the assent of attorneys, no one having offered them a fee for assenting.
Appeal, v.t. In law, to put the dice in the box for another throw.
Lawful, adj. Compatible with the will of a judge having jurisdiction.
Lawyer, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.
Litigation, n. A machine which you go into as a pig, and come out of as a sausage.
Precedent, n. In Law, a previous decision, rule or practice which, in the absence of a definite statute, has whatever force and authority a Judge may choose to give it, thereby greatly simplifying his task of doing as he pleases...
Rope, n. An obsolescent appliance for reminding assassins that they too are mortal. It is put about the neck and remains in place one's whole life long.
Tree, n. A tall vegetable intended by nature to serve as a penal apparatus, though through a miscarriage of justice most trees bear only a negligible fruit, or none at all. When naturally fruited, the tree is a beneficent agency of civilization and an important factor in public morals.
Trial, n. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, lawyers and jurors.
* It's NOT Better that 1,000 Criminals Go Free: On the air Denver radio host Mike Rosen quoted to Bob Enyart the nearly thousand-year-old cliché that, "It is better to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to convict a single innocent one." Hollywood too repeats the falsehood here:
* It's Not Even Better to Acquit Ten Guilty than to Convict One Innocent Man: At the Salem Witch Trials and in Blackstone's Commentary on Law, the 1000-to-1 falsehood has been moderated down to ten-to-one. But the claim is still false that, "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." Convicting the innocent and acquiting the guilty are equally horrifying injustices. As the Bible puts it, "He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord" (Proverbs 17:15). The claim that it is better to acquit ten murderers than to convict a single innocent man implies that the one is a greater evil than the other. In reality, they are alike. Whenever we hear a claim about right and wrong that involves a mathematical equation, it typically comes from a humanist, utilitarian mindset (as with John Stuart Mills). We should train ourselves to automatically question any mathematical claim that attempts to quantify morality. Mankind must not attempt to fine tune a justice system so that it is more likely to let murderers go than to convict the innocent. Why not? First, such a goal ignores God's clear statements on the matter. Secondly, when murderers are more likely to avoid conviction, a murder epidemic may result, and the results can backfire so that many, many more innocents may be killed, even gunned down in the streets, than would have died by a judicial effort to seek an even outcome in criminal justice results. Many churches though systematically avoid teaching the criminal justice principles that God included throughout the Bible. When Christians offer suggestions for how a criminal justice system should function, at a minimum they owe God the courtesy of knowing what He has said about perjury, admissibility of evidence, incarceration, due process, presumption of innocence, the appeals process, and so on. If a biblically-informed criminal justice system operated for a century, if it turned out that one hundred cases had been wrongly decided (which, with human fallibility, is certainly possible), then fifty or so would have been wrongly decided against the guilty (that is, the guilty man went free, which of course is a ruling against the guilty, since what even he needed most was justice), and fifty verdicts would have been wrongly decided against the innocent (that is, the innocent was wrongly convicted). If the system had been run with the humanist goal of acquitting ten murderers rather than convicting one innocent man, instead of there being a hundred cases of injustice, there would have been thousands, with injustice everywhere.
* Eyewitnesses Not Needed For Capital Punishment: Another destructive cliché is that a conviction must be based on eyewitnesses in order to justify the execution of a capital criminal. This is false as we demonstrate at kgov.com/two-or-three-eyewitnesses-not-needed-for-an-execution.
* See Also:
- Our 2018 3-part series, How the Church Should Respond to the Crime Epidemic
- Our 2001 BEL program kgov.com/about-lawyers
- And if you have a suggestion for a criminal justice or law page here at KGOV that we should link to, please suggest it.
Quiz Question: Which verse in the Epistle to the Hebrews explains this news report? Particularly, when after Argentina's former military dictator, Jorge Rafael Videla, was arrested, an Argentine newspaper greeted the news with the headline: "God Exists!" Videla had been granted amnesty, but the nation's high court eventually ruled that the pardon did not cover the kidnapping of children from the military junta's political opponents (to give them as rewards to its military officers). Videla was arrested in 1998 on orders from the judge investigating the junta's practice of kidnapping "children of the disappeared".