So-Called "Criminals' Rights" Protect the Rest of Us

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  • Song Name: So-Called "Criminals' Rights" Protect The Rest of Us
  • Artist: Kevin Carson

Intro/Outro by Jeff Riggenbach
Written by Kevin Carson
Read by Mike Godzina
Edited by Nick Ford

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"It always galled me to hear the opening sequence of Law and Order, in which the narrator sanctimoniously intoned that “in the criminal justice system, there are two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders.”

First, I always protested that that should be “the accused,” not “the offenders” — even if some self-styled “tough on crime” types don’t seem to understand the difference.

And second, what about the defense attorneys and juries, who — even in the naive civics book understanding of the “criminal justice” system — are supposed to represent society by preventing crooked cops and prosecutors from railroading people into prison based on false accusations, perjured testimony from jailhouse snitches, and fabricated or planted evidence?"

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