Letter to the Editor

Whatever happened to truth and justice?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dear Editor:

Whatever happened to truth, integrity, honesty, fairness, compassion and justice?

Defense attorneys rely on obfuscation to taint the jury pool by planting preconceived judgments not based on fact but very difficult to dislodge once implanted. Obfuscation means to obscure, darken, confuse, bewilder, perplex, mix up, jumble together, conceal from view, fail to distinguish between, mistake the identity of, befuddle, puzzle, to make complicated or intricate, not clear or distinct.

Another popular technique used by defense attorneys is to "blame the victim." By blaming the victim, the focus is taken from the criminal act of their client. This is the absurd notion that it's the victim's own fault for being killed. Defense attorneys who use this tactic are hardened and insensitive to the hurt and pain this causes the family and friends of the victim. Families not only mourn the loss of their loved one under shocking circumstances, but then are bombarded with distortions and outright lies from the defendant's attorney with the "blame the victim" mentality.

Adding to the problem is the prosecution's advantage in playing their cards "close to the vest"--to delay revealing evidence in order to give the defense attorney less time to "obfuscate" the facts. This leaves a vacuum for the victim's spokesperson. No one is left to speak for the victim who, being deceased, obviously cannot give his side.

This is the way our legal system now works (or fails to work.) This system causes great distress to victim's families and friends, especially when there are defense attorneys whose focus is on winning and will say or do anything to achieve their objective--win at any cost!

I repeat, whatever happened to truth, integrity, honesty, fairness, compassion and justice


D.E. Madison

Cassville, Missouri