When Justice Ain’t

Dave Pell · NextDraft ·

As a follow up to my article on sexual assault, Dave Pell did tremendous job curating a diverse collection of opinion pieces. His short article, When Justice Ain’t is reproduced below in its entirety. Well worth reading each of the four articles he links to.

The Stanford rape case has surfaced many critical issues, including the very different experiences and treatment of defendants who enjoy some of society’s key advantages. From Rachel Marshall in Vox: I’m a public defender. What if my clients got the same treatment as Brock Turner?

“I am filled with furious anger – both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.” Joe Biden writes an open letter to the Stanford victim.

In the Daily News, Shaun King shares the details of a similar case with a very different outcome. How race affects sentencing

Do we have enough data to connect this single case to broader societal problems and open a discussion about sexual assault, race, fairness in the legal system, and the way we treat victims? Hell yes. Do we have enough data to be publicly calling for the expulsion of a judge based on a single case about which we know only what we’ve read? Hell no. And even if we did, it’s not clear that we should. Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern with a very interesting take: Justice for None.