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"Wow, that was close," Gloot breathed as silence descended again. "Those boys are the City Guard. They don't mess around."

"Permanent cadre?" Retief asked.

"Right. Eight on, eight off. Of course, most of 'em got off-duty jobs with the major mobs; but when shift time arrives they fall in for duty, even if the mob happens to be in the middle of a shoot-out with the guard at the time."

"That could be a trifle confusing."

"Yeah, but they got ground rules. When the whistle blows, there's a five-minute time-out while the cops and robbers change sides."

"A civilized system," Retief conceded.

Keith Laumer
Retief's Ransom  (1971)

  
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S Farrell

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E Enstrom, Jr.
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Wendy McElroy RW Franson

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E Enstrom, Jr.
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Allen Weinstein RW Franson

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Fritz Tobias RW Franson

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John Fund RW Franson

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David E. Bernstein RW Franson
  

  
[Vienna. The court of justice.]

Angelo:

We must not make a scarecrow of the law,
Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,
And let it keep one shape till custom make it
Their perch, and not their terror.
William Shakespeare
Measure for Measure, 2.1.1-4

  
"You go over there [Plaquemines Parish] to look up a title on land for a client that's an outsider and has a suit against an insider, and you find old books of deeds handwritten on parchment dating back to the seventeenth century. But when you come to the page about the land in dispute, it's typewritten on brand-new paper. You ask the parish clerk what happened, and he says, 'Cockroaches ate the old page so bad we had to copy it out and replace it.'"

[The lawyer's] admiration was as pronounced as his taste for pie a la mode.

A. J. Liebling
The Earl of Louisiana  (1961)


  
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Analog, November 1965
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Down Styphon (Analog Nov 1965 cover) - Kelly Freas for H. Beam Piper

  
Today, 80 to 90 percent of all convictions stem from pre-trial guilty pleas, invariably to reduced charges, negotiated between prosecutors and defense attorneys, and rubber-stamped by judges.

Such cynical maneuvers allow criminals to evade the full penalties of their crimes by receiving reduced punishment or probation; permit lazy prosecutors to enhance their political careers by boasting of high "conviction rates"; let defense attorneys quickly handle a large number of clients (and collect a large number of fees) without ever having to prepare for trial; and (allegedly) help harried judges quickly clear clogged court claendars and jammed jails. It's the triumph of expediency over justice. Everyone leaves the courtroom smiling — except for the crime victims, who, ignored in the proceedings, look on in shocked disbelief and rage, realizing that they have just been mugged again.

Robert James Bidinotto
"Subverting Justice: Plea Bargaining"
The Freeman, August 1989

Criminal Justice?
The Legal System Versus Individual Responsibility  (1994; 2nd edition 1996)
edited by Robert James Bidinotto
  

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