Justice Denied

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I visited Law Day, a project of the SL Bar Association, where many of the current issues that affect the integrity and fairness of the legal system were presented on small signs around the sim devoted to those who love the law. People joke a lot about lawyers, mostly to present the idea that they are all unethical, greedy and parasites on society. In fact, society would not exist as we know it without lawyers. People love to quote Shakespeare’s Henry VI’s famous “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Of course, most of them think that’s a dig, but the words are spoken by the wannabe tyrant who knows that killing the lawyers is essential to tyranny.

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The mesh dress is from {bilo} which is a new to me store I came across at The Ashraya Project. I love the print and think the quality of the dress is outstanding. It fit beautifully along the shoulders and was lined with the texture.

Justice in America is on the ropes. There’s a deliberate and well-funded political campaign to take away our access to the courts. We hear a lot of propaganda about medical malpractice and tort reform from political spin doctors telling us everything would be so much cheaper if people could not sue. The truth is, it would not be cheaper but it would be more dangerous. Astonishingly, people are very forgiving of doctor error. Only 4 to 7 % of those injured ever even file a lawsuit.

People often bring up the infamous McDonald’s coffee case as an example of why we need to change the system, but the case is actually a great example of how we are lied to by the media who read right off the press releases from anti-tort lobbies. Of course, most of us hear about lawsuits with big awards when the trial ends, but we don’t follow the cases to their conclusion. Judges reduce those awards all the time, often by as much as 85 to 90%. But that does not make the news, because that’s not exciting.

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The Bali Crescent jewelry from EarthStones may be a few years old, but it's still as gorgeous as ever. Note how the lining of the dress with the print texture makes this dress so much more wearable from any angle.

Another way lawyers make our society better is through civil rights litigation. The Bill of Rights is meaningless without lawyers who use the courts to force the government to honor our rights. It’s a never-ending struggle between prosecutors and law enforcement who constantly search for new ways to circumvent our rights in order to police us and the lawyers who fight to block these strategies. Just this week, a judge threw out portions of the “indefinite detention” provisions of the NDAA. Incredibly, our representatives, senators and president all went along with a law that said American citizens could be locked up indefinitely without trial on the say-so of the government. Not all of this egregious idea has been thrown out, but the part that would allow people to be locked up for speech was tossed. Of course, the Congress is hot on the trail of passing some new version of it because nothing says America like locking people up for life without a trial.

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Belleza's new Lily is a gorgeous skin with lots of classic makeups.

The advancement of women, people of color and the GLTBIQ community has also been advanced by lawyers. From Brown v. Board of Education, to Loving v. Virginia to Lawrence v. Texas, lawyers have fought for changes in the law to advance equality. These changes come faster than society is prepared for, but frankly, if we waited for the majority to be comfortable, change would never happen. Instead, what happens is that civil rights advance and the sky does not fall and the world does not melt into a volcano and life goes on and all the fear-mongering bigots are proved wrong again and again and again. But without lawyers, we would live in a world where fear would trump equality.

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The shoes are Baiastice's newest. Again, this is an angle that can only be shot because the mesh dress is lined. This is what shoppers want from mesh, being able to wear it and enjoy it from any angle.

So stop by the Justitia sim and take a look at the many ways our legal system is being weakened and breaking down. It is one of the most critical issues we face. The thing is, a world without access to the law is tyranny.

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CostCo ♔ OscarAbout SL's Law Day
VakiThank you so, so, so much, Cajsa. This blog post is just exceptional.
Vaki ::Plurk Frontpage Promotion::
CostCo ♔ Oscarawww, thanks! It's an issue close to my heart. I have been on many of the campaign committees fighting tort reform initiatives here in OR
CostCo ♔ Oscarbecause it's such a total lie.
CostCo ♔ OscarAnd I don't believe civil rights should be something that can be altered by a majority vote - so legal strategies are the way to change the
CostCo ♔ Oscarlaw without accepting the dangerous idea that the majority can decide what rights the minority has.
VakiNot surprisingly, I completely agree. This is part of why this Law Day event is such an important issue: we talk about civil rights so much,
Vakibut once individuals' and small businesses' actual access to the courts gets reduced, civil rights are the first thing to be eroded.
VakiCriminal cases have first priority, of course, so whatever court resources are available go there...which means if you have a civil case,
Vakiyou wait. You get postponed (over and over). You get delayed. And that costs in legal fees, and that costs in lost time and wasted effort,
Vakiand that costs in denial of justice. It's a problem.

5 thoughts on “Justice Denied

  1. Vaki

    Oh my god, Cajsa, this post just takes my breath away. I mean…I’m trying to come up with a way to thank you, and I’m just speechless. Thank you so much. I’m so grateful. Thank you.

  2. Christiana

    Thank you for the wonderful blog post and your coverage of Law Day at Justitia. What a great entry!

  3. Cajsa Lilliehook Post author

    Thanks! Although I am not a lawyer and have never played on one TV (lol) I care a lot about this issue. When organizing people on the downside of power, a lot of the work is not possible without allies in the legal profession who try to keep the system honest.

  4. Cracked Mirror

    This is a really awesome post Cajsa. I watched that Hot Coffee documentary. Made me want to vomit when I realized how for years I thought badly of that poor woman who sued McDonalds. Thanks for sharing this with everyone! ♥

  5. Cajsa Lilliehook Post author

    It would be wonderful if everyone could see it, because it is very eye-opening and shows how very much we are manipulated by industry lobbyists who persuade the public to act against their own interests with lies and distortions.

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