Jury Duty

by Bernard Schaer

A few days ago I received a jury summons in the mail. An order to appear in court on December 27.

The jury summons made me think about our justice system and my feelings toward it. Aside from the many quotes in the bible, recommending not to judge so you will not be judged, like Lukas 6:37-42, there are some like Leviticus 19:15 in the Old Testament, suggesting: “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor”. I am not much of a religious person, but either way, I feel utterly unqualified to judge a fellow human being.

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Can Senator Webb Lead America Out of the Drug War Quagmire

by Kevin Zeese

Webb Faces Up to the U.S. Incarceration Machine, Seeks Re-thinking the War on Drugs.

More than 1 in 100 adults in the United States are now behind bars. 1 in 31 are in prison, probation or parole. The U.S. with 5% of the world’s population now has 25% of the world’s prisoners. Incarceration of drug offenders has risen 1,200% since 1980 from 41,000 to 500,000. The appetite of the American prison machine is voracious. Each year 7 million Americans are jailed and approximately 700,000 go on to serve prison sentences. When a racial prism is added to these numbers the stark reality of racial unfairness is impossible to deny. And now women and girls are the fastest growing group of prisoners. Continue reading