The Context of Justice

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  • 2017-04-13

The Context of Justice

Justice. What is it What mainly happens There are so many questions that you can ask on a subject. But I??™m here to tell you my view. And that is that I believe there are problems with justice. I mean, I??™ve never been in trouble by the law. Then again, many people haven??™t either; it??™s just the minority of us who face the system. The word ???Justice??? is on everybody??™s lips nowadays, and may mean almost anything. My version is that it is the quality of being just; honest and equal. Every now and again, there is always an issue that comes up in the media, bringing our ???justice system??™ into disrepair. Everyone has their opinions, and not everyone has the same view. The system is at work numerous times a day, from the local county court up to the high court of Australia. We trust the system to put criminals behind bars. But sometimes we end up putting everyday civilians in there as well. When these people are finally put out of their misery, the media jumps all over it, blaming everyone else, but sometimes it is the media themselves who have a major impact on these decisions. Many call it injustice. There are people out there who have used the loophole in getting themselves a get-out-of-jail-free card, and others who have been locked up, who are innocent and are destroyed both mentally and physically by one decision, one that will come back and haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Nearly thirty years ago, a woman by the name of Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty of murdering her nine-week old daughter Azaria. She was released only after a tourist found Azaria??™s matinee jacket a couple of years after the trial. This case was a world-first: a dingo being accused of ???taking my baby??™. You either believed that the dingo took Azaria, or Lindy did it herself. In the extreme, some even believed that Azaria??™s brother killed her, and that Lindy and Michael were covering up. Either way, it was the biggest talking point of that year, and was brought up again earlier this year. Many people believed that Lindy murdered her daughter, believing that the dingo ???was a beautiful, native creature??™, and that they ???were scared of humans??™. In fact, experts at that time believed it was a matter of time before someone was killed by a dingo. Attacks on humans were becoming more and more common. Forensic evidence produced was on an ???unknown field??™ to experts. There were a growing number of people starting to believe Lindy??™s story. But the amount of people opposing it still remained strong. It seemed that the media were influencing everyone??™s decisions. The jury??™s decision, either way, would bring people into hysterics. The original decision was overturned and Lindy was found guilty, with Michael being charged an accessory. 3 years later, to the astonishment of the general public, she was immediately released on ???compassionate grounds??™, after the discovery of the matinee jacket Azaria wore. The jacket was the key in the decision going against the Chamberlains. As Michael says ???I don??™t think people realise how important innocence is to innocent people.??™ Therefore, although our justice system is modern and excellent, it is not perfect.
As technology grows, we will rely more and more on it to solve our cases and our problems. One of the most controversial developments in the last few decades was DNA testing. Although they are often the most secure way of finding the suspect or criminal, it will never come close to human logic and reasoning. One such example is the Farah Jama case. Sentenced to 6 years in prison with a minimum of 4, the whole case was decided upon a strand of sperm and 15 fragments. A normal ejaculation can contain up to 40 million sperm. Alarm bells were ringing. People were just not noticing. In the end, the jury convicted him on this mere evidence, even after all of the evidence put forward in his favour, and the vouches of his family that he was at his father??™s bedside that night. He served 19 months in prison, lost his dignity, the best years of his life, his schooling, just about everything. All because of a contamination of the DNA sample. He was later paid $550,000 in compensation and legal costs. It will never compensate the nightmares he will have forever, or the scars of being in prison. The rest of his life will be a shambles. We all put trust into this system, and yet now many are exposing massive flaws in it.
Some people believe that our justice system is rigorous and there are no imperfections with it. I only partly agree with that statement, and as it is rigorous at catching the best of criminals, it also pulls innocent people into its web. People who, knowing that they are innocent and are in the clear, still crack under the pressure, causing major complications to the scenario. Sometimes it even results in the conviction of the wrong people. Our everyday shows and sitcoms show us just how easy it is to charge the wrong suspects. It can never be a perfect world. If the world could develop a system of bringing everyone to justice, then we would. Then all the criminals, even the bosses, would come down. But this is not a perfect world. Crime bosses have guinea pigs who do all of their dirty work, and it is rare that they get caught red-handed. Our justice system only catches the petty criminals who only do it for the money or out of greed.
Overall, there are who knows how many people out there suffering from the bungles of the injustice, tempting fate and the blemishes of others. Prime examples include Farah Jama, who lost everything because of contaminated DNA, and Lindy Chamberlain, who was trialled by media. We trust that this system will bring in those who have broken laws and put them behind bars. That is happening, but there are also innocent people who have been given the guilty verdict. So that leads to one final question: How many more innocent people are being locked up in jail.

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