Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Broken American Justice System

The Huffington Post has an excellent article on the American justice system and plight of ordinary people. The system is so broken that most Americans have no access to civil justice. The United States also ranked among the bottom for developed countries.
Why haven't more Americans successfully sued the banks that lured them into fraudulent mortgages, then foreclosed on them without the required paperwork?

It could be because the civil justice system in this country is essentially inaccessible to many Americans -- and when it does get accessed, is tilted toward the wealthy and moneyed interests.

That's certainly consistent with the finding of a world-wide survey unveiled Thursday morning that ranks the United States lowest among 11 developed nations when it comes to providing access to justice to its citizens -- and lower than some third-world nations in some categories.

How did the United States deteriorate to such a level that it cannot acknowledge fundamental rights among its citizens? This is also surprising news considering that American society is prone to litigation and lawsuits. It's time for Americans to wake up and demand greater access to legal opportunities so that they can defend themselves adequately in court.

1 comment:

sarah said...

so many things are messed up.