Even Handed Justice

Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers.

“So,” he said, “I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe.”

Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. “You, attorney Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, attorney Campos, gave me $10,000.”

The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Leon. “Now then, I’m returning $5,000, and we’re going to decide this case solely on its merits!”

Right to a Lawyer Can Be An Empty Promise to the Poor.

Right to a Lawyer Can Be An Empty Promise to the Poor.

This article was published in the New York Times today.  It describes what has become a serious problem in America, namely the lack of access or the ability to defend in American courts.