There are dangers inherent in every system of justice. People can make false charges. People can try to subvert the outcome through bribery. The innocent can be condemned and killed.
The Law and the Prophets condemn these practices as “despising the word of the Lord” and warn of God’s judgment against those who pervert justice.
In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, a judge received bribes from Correction Corporation of America, a private prison company. In exchange, he sentenced juveniles to their prison for the most minor infractions, ensuring their profits. In Chicago in the 1970s and 1980s African Americans were routinely rounded up, tortured and coerced into confessions that were later used against them in trial. Scores of innocent people ended up wrongly convicted—11 of them were sentenced to death row.
What other instances can you think of where justice has been perverted?
Link HERE to a story about a man who was coerced into a confession and was sentenced to 100 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit.