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    we have heard about "justice" by the lack of prosecution of banksters, torturers, energy companies, etc.

    as Elizabeth Warren pointed out, an ounce of crack sends one to prison, but money laundering for drugs and terrorism yields a slap on the wrist

    many of us have had some encounter with the "justice" system which for the most part is handled with plea bargains. The penalties are so harsh so rather than get into, for example, a he said, she said issue with a jerk cop, one just takes the plea bargain and waits for the record to be expunged at the end of probation

    the 1% have won and Chris Hedges calls it a Corporate Coup d'etat

    here is something that I have not been following - the use of "binding mandatory arbitration" when bringing suits against corporations. I didn't realize that private corporations run the arbitration process.

    so, here we have another instance of the two tier justice system which is tilted in favor of the corporations.

    Corporate Kangaroo Courts Supplant Our Seventh Amendment Rights

    Being wronged by a corporation is painful enough, but just try getting your day in court. Most Americans don't realize it, but our Seventh Amendment right to a fair jury trial against corporate wrongdoers has quietly been stripped from us. Instead, we are now shunted into a stacked-deck game called "Binding Mandatory Arbitration." Proponents of the process hail it as superior to the courts — "faster, cheaper and more efficient!" they exclaim.
    But does it deliver justice? It could, for the original concept of voluntary, face-to-face resolution of conflict by a neutral third party makes sense in many cases. But remember what Mae West said of her own virtue: "I used to be Snow White, then I drifted." Today's practice of arbitration has drifted far away from the purity of the concept.
    new post by Jim Hightower

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