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moonshot June 9th, 2014 6:58am

The principle reason for a criminal trial is to provide justice for the accused.

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06/09/14 9:53 am

I believe the purpose of any criminal trial is to see who can prove what. I don't see justice playing in on either side very often. When it does, it should be for the victim.

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
06/09/14 7:25 am

unfortunately I think it's more about creating a feeling of safety, justice seems secondary as long as someone is pegged

Praetorianus Fair enough.
06/09/14 4:09 am

Given the death penalty which neither deters nor brings anybody back to live, it is probably revenge.

fredd TrumpLand
06/09/14 1:03 am

I would hope the principle reason was to provide justice for the victim(s).

moonshot More often I know nothing
06/09/14 1:28 am

That's not what justice means. From Merriam-Webster: jus·tice noun \ˈjəs-təs\
: the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals
When a victim says "I want justice!" he means that he wants the accused to be...

moonshot More often I know nothing
06/09/14 1:29 am

...properly and fairly tried by a judge and/or jury.

moonshot More often I know nothing
06/09/14 1:31 am

Of course the victim assumes that the accused is guilty and justice will be a conviction. A victim can't 'get justice' for himself. That's an often said fallacy.

06/09/14 7:25 am

Huh. I never knew that. Very interesting, thank you moonshot!

06/09/14 7:25 am

(My comment was just a grammatical failure, I apologize)