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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Justice Systems of the World

I suggested the Justice system might be crap... worldwide crap.
That was sort of heated and unfortunate, but what I meant was things like the following:
...The practice known as "walking down grain" is illegal. Federal penalties for employers who permit or require it, however, are routinely pared. Since 1984, OSHA has cut initial fines for grain-entrapment deaths by nearly 60 percent overall, an analysis of enforcement data by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR shows. And even in the worst instances of employer misconduct, no one has gone to jail.
Twenty-six people died in entrapments in 2010, the worst year in decades. At least 498 people have suffocated in grain bins since 1964, according to data analyzed for the Center and NPR by William Field, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University.
At least 165 more people drowned in wagons, trucks, rail cars or other grain storage structures. Almost 300 were engulfed but survived. Twenty percent of the 946 people caught in grain were under 18.
“At some point we’re going to have to decide whether these incidents are just accidental … [or] somebody’s really making horrendous decisions that approach a criminal level,” said Field, who has studied entrapments since 1978 and served as an expert witness in grain-death lawsuits and as an industry and OSHA consultant. “It’s intentional risk-taking on the part of the managers or someone in a supervisory capacity that ends up in some horrific incidents. The bottom line is if you ask them why they did it, it was because it was more profitable to do it that way.”

When we make up our minds that something as blatant as this is a crime, it was criminal and blatant before while our society acted as enablers, letting the crimes continue.

Why should we put such emphasis on crossing the t's and dotting the i's when there is no guarantee that this intense focus gives us a better and "juster" outcome than before, and the legal professionals obviously are remedying things... maybe, because obviously there is no "perfect" outcome.

But, sometimes a great thing happens; sometimes justice is done; sometimes the good guys win, sometimes not.


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