"Fair trial" doesn't mean "trial with the verdict mbone wants".
True, but it should at least mean, "Gets to present the best argument in his own defense."
What you don't like is the law... Fine, just don't keep saying he won't get a fair trial because according to the LAW he will. Saying he won't get a fair trial is wrong. The courts are there to fairly apply the law and for the most part, that's what they do.
That's a little bit of a dodge, though. If by "fair" we simply mean "consistent with local laws" then you're 100% guaranteed to get a fair trial in North Korea or under ISIS. It simply means that trials are fair by definition.
I think that there's a good argument to be made that there are some features that need to exist in a truly fair trial, one of which is the ability to present your case regarding mitgiating circumstances for the jury to hear. More broadly, I'd argue that a defendant should be allowed to say anything he wants in his own defense, provided it's the truth.
Long term, inflation is driven mostly by expectations and the interaction between expectations and wages. Spikes or drops in the price of oil or beef tend to revert to historical norms, so while they make for interesting charts in the news, they're not really all that useful for long-run predictions because they don't really provide steady enough "feedback" to feed into slower moving prices like wages. The divergence between the Big Mac index and our other inflation metrics is likely driven by that phenomenon rather than an actual failure of the broader metrics.
Anyway, it's not a matter of "assuming" the BLS knows best. You'll find that people who actually study this stuff and use the data think they put out a very useful set of indices and have very good reasons to ignore outliers like the Big Mac index. The BLS basket of goods is very broad, well analyzed and completely public. Every quarter we hear the big headline about something like, "Chicken prices spiraling out of control! Inflation to come!" Not unless the public at large *really* eats tons and tons of chicken and the trend continues for some time. There are other cross-checks that are pretty easy to do. For example, if the Big Mac Index was truly reflective of reality, we'd be seeing massive capital flight from the US to foreign markets with better inflation numbers. If you know the dollar is losing 10% in inflation every year, just sell your dollar-denominated assets, buy Japanese bonds with yen and enjoy your nearly risk free ~12% real return in dollars. Either the big money (who are presumably the puppet masters driving this whole scam) is too dumb to do this or that's really not how the numbers work out. Either that or all currencies everywhere are inflating at roughly the same rate without feeding back into wages anywhere, but that would be a really interesting macroeconomic state of affairs.
If we made that change, there would be a massive reshuffiling right off the bat, probably followed by a return to stability. If you have an individual case where you needed to make a weird lowball offer to somebody, they'd have the information needed to decide whether to take it up front. If you needed to pay more for a skill that was in demand on a short timeline, that would probably reflected in total market prices. Instead of having to pay your current people more to match the new employee's rate, you'd probably already have lost your employees who were making less than the market rate. Which is probably a good thing as well, because there's clearly plenty of high value work for them to be doing.
The reality is that the BLS numbers match up well with the independent billion price index and with inflation expectations built into the financial markets. The odds that shadowstats or some other bogus index is the "real" index are slim to none. If we were really getting hammered at the the rates that, say, shadowstats, would have us believe, we'd all be destitute and we'd have noticed at least some captial flows following the money.