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SANDERS: No one answered justice’s question

Letter by William F. Johnston, Tacoma on Oct. 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | No Comments »
October 25, 2010 3:29 pm

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders told court administrator Shirley Bonden (TNT, 10/23) if someone is in prison for any reason other than committing the crime, “I want to hear about it.”

Bonden claimed there is “racial bias in the criminal justice system from the bottom up.” Despite her claim, it appears she had no examples for Justice Sanders.

The “real” problem with the American judicial/prison system is not race it is poverty. Poor people with little education, no stake in the system and nothing to lose commit crimes disproportionate to the rest of the population regardless of their race.

Court bureaucrats should have a better understanding of where the real “bias” is in the system she works for instead of playing the race card. Look how quickly Chief Justice Barbara Madsen backed down to her by calling an end to the questioning of the politically correct presentation.

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