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Success On “The Way” Ask Dr. Jeanette: “Presumption of Innocence-The Assault on Lady Justice!”
By Dr. Jeanette Parker
Published October 11, 2018

Dr. Jeanette Parker (file photo)

The presumption of innocence: the principle that one is considered innocent unless proven guilty. “The burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies.” Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the lifetime position of Supreme Court Justice has piercing implications for the past, today and future; a pivotal, historical moment. Some say Brett Kavanaugh is privileged and that the presumption of innocence only belongs to the privileged. That’s somewhat true; but not altogether true. This event produced “mass hysteria!”

“If kangaroo courts and media lynch mobs succeed in overturning a Supreme Court appointment [I don’t believe they will], they will have proven that their war on the presumption of innocence extends even to the highest court in the land. If a Supreme Court justice can’t be presumed innocent, what hope do the rest of us have?” [Daniel Greenfield-Frontpage Mag] My thoughts: It’s about more than the presumption of innocence. It goes deeper and seems to always go to spiritual battle grounds. The “god of this world has blinded the eyes” of many.

They can neither see nor understand the deeper meaning. My hope: Brett Kavanaugh experiencing this mass hysteria that after he is appointed, he will identify with the persecution of others, which without this experience, he may never have been able to closely identify with the infirmities, injustices experienced by other deeply wounded, persecuted by a system where volumes of persons have been wrongfully accused, convicted, sentenced, imprisoned and denied justice. Lady Justice has lost her way, tripped and fallen. Can she get up and regain her footing?  Justice is blind. [We wish.] “meaning that justice is impartial and objective. There is an allusion here to the Greek statue for justice, wearing a blindfold so as not to treat friends differently from strangers, or rich people better than the poor ones.” That’s an honorable intent; but it doesn’t work all the time.

People call for justice and fair treatment. Maybe, just maybe, Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and other sitting Supreme Court Justices will catch the bug and look more closely at their reasons for being appointed to such a high office. Maybe, just maybe, other Court Judges will consider their great responsibility and trust placed in them.

When it comes time to vote for Judges, it’s difficult to know who they are. It’s like a hunt and peck guessing game. You don’t know what you’re getting and more than that, matters become so obscure that when something happens and a person is wrongfully charged..convicted, that’s when maybe you pay attention to see what kind of judge that person is.  Kavanaugh had multiple background checks. But, they’re just mad!

It could be that the Judges we vote for have made some good decisions, some not so good…?

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