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Sunday, April 23, 2006
Ask a silly question Dahlia Lithwick at Slate:
[W]e still have no idea what really happened between Kobe Bryant and his accuser, between Michael Jackson and his accuser, between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. If these legal processes are intended to be searches for the truth, why is there never any truth at the conclusion?Because they aren't so intended.
We tell ourselves that the Justice System(TM) somehow, through the mysterious workings of an invisible hand, reveals the Truth in the conflict of dueling narratives spun by hired guns around the supposed facts allowed as evidence. Ha.
What the System actually determines - in practice if not in theory - is accountability. Or not.
And as that concept grows less clear in our individual and collective lives, we look to high-profile court trials for certainties they can't provide.
Because juries are drawn from the voter pool, and the rules of due process don't map well to reality. posted by Kelly | 7:14 PM link