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Forum Post: Unequal Justice - Banker Arrests O; Protester Arrests 4,542

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 16, 2011, 8:48 a.m. EST by CoExist (178)
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Since the start of the financial crisis, Americans have wondered why, if laws were broken, none of the occupants of Wall Street or other financial centers have been arrested..?

Now arrests are starting to happen with growing frequency. To date, an estimated 2,511 people have been arrested on Wall Street and elsewhere for activities related to the crisis. Unfortunately, it’s the protesters who account for these arrests. The current tally: 2,511 people arrested for disturbing the peace and related activities; no arrests for any of the financiers who broke the law and plunged millions into untold misery.

“Equal justice under the law” is a cornerstone of the American Republic. In statues, Lady Justice is blindfolded to symbolize that justice is blind to the differences between the powerful and the weak, the rich and the poor.

Today, I fear that Justice’s blindfold is in tatters, and equal justice under the law has become a myth in the American economic system. Almost 5,000 people have been arrested for activities that caused minimal, if any, injury to our society. At the same time, no financiers have been arrested for blatant legal violations, probably including extensive fraud, which have led millions of people to suffer and have practically brought our great nation to its knees.

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[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20593) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

YES!

Without Justice There will be no peace!!

Tweet that!

If the legal system will not enforce the law then all that remains is the law of Vigilante!!

or Tweet That!

Or Corporations Do Not Have Tongues!!

and Gimme the Visegrips!!

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

King Louis XIV - "It is legal because I wish it"

[-] 1 points by FawkesNews (1290) 2 years ago

The People - "Kerplunk!"

[-] 2 points by PlanetPluto (5) 2 years ago

While I agree that it's shameful, pathetic that NOBODY was held legally accountable for the vast amount of screw-ups that led to our current economic situation, if no laws were broken, on what grounds should people have been arrested? (This is why the focus should be Occupy Washington, DC, in my opinion).

Regarding the arrests of protesters, I have not yet heard of anyone being arrested that did not, in fact, break any laws.

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice, and they are also the most protected.

[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

their protection makes them weak

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

And with more laws, we get less justice.

[-] 1 points by buphiloman (840) 2 years ago

2,511? Wrong. The correct figure is 4,542 as of 11-17-11.

To keep up to date bookmark this twitter feed: http://twitter.com/#!/OccupyArrests

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

Thanks for the update

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

The message to people, large and small, is that they cannot rely on a blind justice system.

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

Unfortunately, what many people forget is that judges are just lawyers in robes.

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

yup, yup

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

It is impossible to tell where the law stops and justice begins.

[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

justice begins with respect. law begins with fear

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

Well said

[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

the respect/fear fulcrum is a balancing act. want to play on the teeter totter?

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

Justice delayed is justice denied.

[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

if the balancing act is not obtained, we can always play on the merry go round. lol

[-] 1 points by CoExist (178) 2 years ago

Lady Justice where thou are you? Lets play on the Ferris-wheel, I like it because it also goes round and round.

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