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Ask Marilyn: Is True Justice Absolute?
Daniel Wickiser, of Washington, D.C., writes:
Marilyn: I abhor your comments about our judicial system. (January 6, 2013) You would take us back to where there was no protection from inequity. You would have us live under "flexible" laws subject the whims of magistrates and justices who decide disputes according to their own prejudices. True justice is absolute and timeless. Racial prejudice is prejudice even if practiced under the guise of reparation for previous injustice. When societies degrade into lawless "interpretation" based on personal preferences, sympathies, and personal avarice instead of studied adherence to the precedent of great minds, that society is indeed doomed.
Goodness! My arguments were directed against a computer like Watson replacing our judges and juries. That doesn't mean I'm in favor of legislating from the bench.
Regardless, I greatly respect the founders of our country, but they knew they weren't perfect, which is why our constitution has been so strong: It can be changed.