by EC Movies, television, and other media outlets are a great escape. In modern society, when we are stressed and overwhelmed, we turn to media to get away from the world, dull our senses, and mute any pain and suffering that might be around us. Usually (not always), movies have happy endings. There is momentary discomfort, perhaps when a villain is victorious for a fleeting moment in a film, or when a death occurs. But in the end, many movies and other forms of media are intended to make us feel good. Because one goal of modern media is to promote this sense of ai???good-feeling,ai??? even some documentaries that strive to feel realistic, do not do justice to atrocities that they may attempt to depict. Rather according to Ervin Staub, widespread portrayal of tragedy can sometimes cause desensitization to atrocity. Staub calls this is a ai???distancing of the moral mindset;ai???
by Brandon J. Of the various factors which inevitably influence (and sometimes pervert) the fair administration of justice within the criminal court system, the Supreme Courtai??i??s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright could optimistically be described as a step toward more equal footing in regard to representation by counsel for defendants. The Court held that right to the guarantee of counsel is ai???fundamental and essential to a fair trialai??i?? and thereby obligatory upon States under the 14th Amendment. The Court specifically quoted a previous decision recognizing ai???the right to the aid of counsel is of this fundamental character.ai??? (372 U.S. 335, 342-43 (1963), quoting Powell v. Alabama, 287 U.S. 45, 68 (1932). But what of the ai???characterai??i?? of counsel guaranteed under the 6th and 14th Amendments? The Court made no representations as to the quality of counsel due a criminal defendant, and rightfully so. Other safe guards exist for defendants,
by GJ Professor Thane Rosenbaum, in his book ai???The Myth of Moral Justiceai??? criticizes the American legal system for its inability to truly make an injured party whole ai??i?? to really find a remedy and solve the problems of victims. Why? The single-minded nature of our legal system fails to recognize the concept of moral justice. Presently, our system is seemingly limited in the damages it awards ai??i?? damages typically characterized by incarceration or monetary compensation. ai???Legal Justiceai???, or the determination of what is deemed within the boundaries of the law, is the primary goal of our present system, yet that oftentimes fails to adequately meet what the victim actually needs ai??i?? moral compensation. The mother of a drunk driving victim is not likely to find any amount of monetary compensation alone to be enough justice. Instead, an apology, a chance to tell the injurer about the life of her