This is based on the Christine Keeler affair, my experience as a juror, a witness at two trials, and the experiences of friends and a relative.
Justice is a lottery, a spectacle, a performance – there to create an illusion.
Someone may go down for a pint of milk while others remain untried after embezzling millions.
The Courtroom Farce
The courtroom and the judiciary –
An adversarial system,
That does not bother itself
With establishing the truth.
It is only about winning.
The guilty are made innocent
While the innocent are sacrificed
In a system that is all for show.
In this lottery
As briefs find loopholes
And people are just chips
In the casino of learned words,
As we gamble
With the truth.
They talk of level playing fields,
That nobody is above the law,
And retribution falls on the mightiest,
Is but a game.
The charade is played out behind closed doors.
The spectacle is the tip
Of an iceberg
Under which it reeks
Of bribes, threats and corruption.
The biggest crooks
Rarely see the inside of a court,
Unless they are forced
By an unfortunate set of circumstances,
Or those who pull the strings
Want a show.
The odds are stacked.
Opher – 8.8.2020