Justice Is Blind

Is she wearing a blindfold?

Disputing the “Innocent until proven guilty” premise



Themis - the 'God of Justice' at B.C. Courthouse, Vancouver





Exhibit A: We all know that in a fair justice system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but, just as a matter of speculation, what if the accused are 100% guilty of a crime? Is it “justice” that allows their defense lawyers to find “reasonable doubt” after seven year’s delay? Or to find minute technical differences in evidence in an attempt to discredit witnesses? Seems to me that in these instances, the REAL criminals and what REALLY happened are not on trial - the procedures are.
Perhaps there is room for doubt: is a conviction of 99%, 96% or 85% guilty going to help the REAL victims in a trial? Where is the “Defense” counsel for murdered victims - do we need another counsel group that is allowed to speak for the defense-less (i.e. Counsel C) to clarify technical issues related to what is initially deemed as “inadmissible evidence”?
How can a society progress when it allows gang members to make a mockery of justice? And what is “justice” to a drug dealer / enforcer? Why is it that they have absolutely no respect for law when they commit their crimes, yet fully use and abuse law when it serves their purposes in criminal proceedings? Or is such a trial necessary so that next time they get better at avoiding getting caught for their actions, or finding a better defense lawyer (or heaven forbid, even more defense lawyers) to uncover more unconsequential loopholes? But I digress, since, thank goodness I am not a lawyer, and...

Disclaimer: Note that all people, places and events mentioned above (Exhibit A), and all the above rambling comments above (Exhibit A) are not related to, nor have anything to do with the “Surrey Six Trial” (Exhibit B) which is coincidentally taking place in Vancouver, B.C., starting on September 30, 2013, six years after the original slayings occurred on October 19, 2007 at the Balmoral Tower in Surrey, B.C.

Exhibit B: In this “Surrey Six Trial”, three gangsters are accused in one of the most heinous murders in B.C. history: Matthew Johnston, Cory Haevischer and Quang Vinh Thang (Michael) Le. Together, with Dennis Karbovanec (who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2009) and Jamie Bacon, they are accused of killing Edward Narong, Corey Lal, Michael Lal, Ryan Bartolomeo in a gang-related slaying. Ed Schellenberg and Chris Mohan were also killed as innocent bystanders.

May justice prevail for all of the accused, and if they are not guilty (as they all pled), my sympathy goes out to them. However, if they are guilty (in whole or part), may REAL justice be dealt in this case... but of course, in a legal sense - not in the style that they themselves have become accustomed to...

I wonder what Ed Schellenberg and Chris Mohan would think, looking down at these proceedings...

Quote from CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, “... but I’m not bitter!”

by Joe Defries, brother-in-law of Ed Schellenberg

Vancouver Sun Update on 2 December 2017: “Bombshell Jamie Bacon ruling breaks hearts of murder victims’ families. The families of the two bystanders killed in the Surrey Six drug murders a decade ago have been left disgusted and broken-hearted after the B.C. Supreme Court threw out charges against Jamie Bacon, the man accused of being the mastermind behind the slaughter.
Steve Brown, who lost his brother-in-law Ed Schellenberg, said Saturday that he felt numb when he heard news of the court’s ruling. He said that he is too ‘worn out’ to be angry.
‘There is no trust left. People are just disgusted. They are just disgusted with the whole thing,’ Brown said.”


The trouble with law is lawyers.” - Clarence Darrow

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Necessity hath no law. - Oliver Cromwell

Lawyers are natural politicians. - Clarence Darrow

Whenever law ends, tyranny begins. - John Locke

Do you not know that I am above the law? - James II

We judge of man's wisdom by his hope. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Law is order, and good law is good order. - Aristotle

A flagrant violation of international law. - Unknown

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides. - Charles Lamb

Gravity isn't easy, but it's the law. - Unknown

Judge a man by the reputation of his enemies. - Arabian Proverb

Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult. - Leo Tolstoy

Somebody must get the incompetent lawyers and doctors. - George Bernard Shaw

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice. - H L Mencken

A lawyer's opinion is worth nothing unless it is paid for. - Unknown

Corn can't expect justice from a court composed of chickens. - African Proverb

How many lawyer jokes are there? One, the rest are true stories. - Thomas F Shubnell

Lawyers are like rabbits. They have a nasty habit of multiplying. - Leo Reilly

Lawyers are like beavers. They get in the mainstream and dam it up. - John Naisbitt

Books should be tried by a judge and jury as though they were crimes. - Samuel Butler

The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known. - Charles E Hughes

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical. - Blaise Pascal

The laws of probability - so true in general, so fallacious in particular. - Edward Gibbon

You cannot live without lawyers, and certainly you cannot die without them. - Joseph H Choate

How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb? How many can you afford? - Blanche Knott

Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. - Sophocles

Lawyers are like rhinoceroses: thick skinned, short-sighted, and always ready to charge. - David Mellor

Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law. - Stockwell Day

The practice of medicine occurs even in primitive society, but law accompanies civilization. - Saying

Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell. - Lewis G. Janes

Once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme. - Seamus Heaney

A lawyer is a gentleman that rescues your estate from your enemies and then keeps it to himself. - Henry P Brougham

Lawyers are the only civil delinquents whose judges must of necessity be chosen from themselves. - Charles C Colton

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself. - Henry James

Lawyers are like painters - once they get into a house, you never know when you will get rid of them again. - Peter A Graham

Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in. - Brendan Behan

The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens. - Henry G. Miller

Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes. - Robert Kennedy

Lawyers were notorious for finding cases in the most unlikely places, especially ones with huge potential damage awards. - Jodi Picoult

What's the first excellence in a lawyer? Tautology. What's the second? Tautology. What's the third? Tautology. - Richard Steele

Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes. - Billy Connolly

The great trial lawyers are the ones who help their jurors by providing them with the tools with which to reach the right verdict. - G Christopher Ritter

Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. - Anton Chekhov

Laws are like spiders' webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape. - Solon

The denial of an objective moral law based on the compulsion to deny the existence of God results ultimately in the denial of evil itself. - Ravi Zacharias

Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them. - Plato

Music is amoral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery


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