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America's Justice has a problem: exhibit Venezuela

Justice isn't about fairness. It isn't a system where victims can exact revenge on their tormentors, and it is not the place where serious crime is punished in appropriate measure. There are many examples where America's Justice has settled with offenders, in exchange for something. The criteria by which that something is weighted at time of reducing, or altogether eliminating, jail time remains a mystery. There isn't a table, or a set series of parameters guiding actions of the judiciary when criminals decide to "cooperate".

[UPDATED] Guaido & Lopez join Ramirez & Betancourt in Venezuela's inexplicable tale of corruption Alek Boyd Thu, 10/07/2021 - 08:35

UPDATED 15/10/2021 - Juan Guaido, the U.S. Department of State's designated "interim" President of Venezuela is in a bit of a pickle. So is his boss / handler, Leopoldo Lopez. People that claimed to propugn democracy and adhere to its core tenets will know that legitimacy isn't something the State Department can conjure and bestow on others. Legitimacy is something that only democratically elected officials have. When was the last time Juan Guaido won an election? When he did win, that last election, under which system / authority he got elected? How about Lopez?

Will U.S. Justice ever get Rafael Ramirez? Ask Abbe Lowell / NSC Alek Boyd Fri, 10/01/2021 - 05:40