Our criminal justice system isn’t that much better than trial by ordeal.

Attorney Matt Kaiser writes:

“After reading the first 11 pages of Kozinski’s piece, one gets the strong feeling that our criminal justice system isn’t that much better than trial by ordeal. Instead of drowning people, making them drink poison, or setting them on fire, we subject them to other rituals that are not much more tethered to actual guilt or innocence. Instead of relying on faith in the Almighty to rescue a person accused of a crime, we now place our faith in a similarly powerful entity — the Department of Justice. Kozinski gives us little reason to think that faith is well-placed. There is, in fact, a reason to think trial by ordeal may be better — at least God isn’t trying to rack up stats to justify His work.”

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