Because freedom can't protect itself
This is so true. A person with no money gets no justice. A person with money can rape or murder someone and pay a lawyer and get little or no time. My friend had no money therefore receieved a court appointed defence lawyer who never fought for him. He told me on the phone that there was nothing he could do for him. He even told the jurors in closing “When you find my client guilty and you will.” My friend got 405 years to life for taking pictures (not a life) having porn and being in possession of a firearm and ammo. Robert Waggoner, Robert Blake, O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson are great examples of this so called justice system we have. They all had fame and money and served no time. Where is the justice here?
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Solano Co. pastor gets 18 years for child abuse
The Associated Press
Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013 | 12:33 PM
VACAVILLE, Calif. -- A former Eastern Orthodox pastor has been sentenced to 18 years in a California prison for molesting five children from his Fairfield parish.
The Reporter of Vacaville said in a story published Tuesday ( http://bit.ly/10BCpou) that a Solano County judge also ordered the Rev. Robert "Silas" Ruark of St. Timothy's Orthodox Church to pay $10,000 in restitution and to
register as a sex offender.
Ruark, who is 65 years old, was arrested in June and pleaded guilty in January to 19 counts of committing lewd acts on children. He apologized for his actions at his sentencing, saying he had betrayed his parish's trust.
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian archdiocese that St. Timothy's belongs to notified police after several of the people whom he molested as children reported the abuse, which The Record says dates as far back as 1994.
In many ways it's even worse for defendants in Civil Court. Anybody can sue anyone for anything. If you do not have thousands or tens of thousands to immediately put down toward a civil case defense you will be hit with a default judgment that can wipe out everything generations of your family worked for. Even if the plaintiff has no case or unclean hands in the matter. It's shameful. No use voting any more; we are all slaves to people who have MONEY. That's what it's all about.
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