George Floyd Case: A system is on trial. It is a rare case where political will diverges from legal principle almost absolutely

We receive opinions from people all the time. Here is one on the George Floyd trial:

A system is on trial. It is a rare case where political will diverges from legal principle almost absolutely. The broadly and classically liberal limitation of justice to the resolution of disputes within the legal system limits justice to the institutions it controls. A verdict is not justice. It is a preamble to punishment. It’s a dim view of justice that finds it is satisfied by the infliction of pain. It is also the same dim view of justice that limited it to a verdict. Those who profit from the system, its monopoly on violence, are those who win no matter the verdict.

But this case is exceptional. The appearance of the cause of death may differ vastly from what, with scientific certainty, we know to be a lethal amount – 11 nanograms – of fentanyl – in Floyd’s body. It would mean the system may be unable to perform the role it has long been able to hide it cannot perform. That is, to do the political will of those who earn from it by denying justice is more than a verdict, the will that Anatole France explained to us: “The law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges and beg in the streets for bread.”

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