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Journal Journal: I'm Not Evil

A while back, I responded to "How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial," with my point of view - that of an assistant prosecutor in a very busy circuit court. I was sharply criticized and called everything from "the problem" to "evil", and just figured I should respond to some of those accusations...

Perhaps the sharpest criticism came from alexo, a Canadian (not that there's anything wrong with that). The first thing that really bothered me is his comments that victims shouldn't be a part of the equation, which I think is horribly wrong, and in some states "illegal" due to "victim impact" laws. It's "justice for all," not "justice for the guy accused and hell with everybody else," or "justice for the state but not the victims." I'm not looking for restitution in my cases (which will never be paid in 90% of my cases anyways), but justice... most of my victims just want to see the defendant punished in some way shape or form... some victims even want the defendant to get the help they so desperately need here in beautiful meth country.

He also accused me of a personal quest for glory. I'm not in politics. I'm an assistant. I make $40,000 a year and have (now) shitty benefits. I don't even live in the county I work in, so I can't run for the elected prosecutor position, if I'd even want it. My boss doesn't have a "personal quest for glory," either - he wants to do the best job that he can for the county that he represents.

Did I ever mention I hate hippies who have no experience in the legal system lecturing to me about "how it is"?

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder