A speedy trial. An effective attorney. These are rights guaranteed us under the sixth amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It's no less or more powerful than any of the other amendments, but must be abided by with the same vigor as say, the first or second. So why is it that we're turning our backs on this law?
It's called the Sequester. Remember that one around the beginning of the year? We had been warned there would be fallout and instead of dealing with this issue -- as simple as a five minute vote repealing the bill -- Congress let it ride. They rolled the dice and we came up 'snake-eyes.'
The public defenders office which represents criminal defendants with federal charges is going broke without additional funding and they're "underwater" trying to handle the case loads.
What's the result? More wrongful convictions. More incarcerations. Higher costs to house and retain these oftentimes innocent people who, unlike Wall Street offenders, don't have the money for high-priced private attorneys who make more a day than most of us make a year -- and that's to keep the rich out of jail who may be no less or no more guilty than a poor person. But the affluent can buy freedom.
Now with the sequestration cuts, there will also be a possibility of guilty going free. A delay in the ability to try a case will mean the prosecutors encharged with protecting us against the guilty will have to pick and chose their cases. A guilty person may not face trial because it could take too long.
So who's really bearing the weight of these cuts. You and me. We're less safe and less protected. And why? Because the rich elected officials, of both parties, couldn't get together and just stop the madness. They had to have a pissing contest and guess who got wet?
Grab a towel, folks, and lets clean up ourselves and those "pissers" on Capitol Hill. Enough's enough. It's not too late to stop this madness. But it means you have to speak up or learn to enjoy "water sports!"
Wake up! That yellow rain's not stopping on it's own.