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Ray Rice suspension overturned in arbitration

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Here’s the story. My first thought is that this is probably good: we do not want to turn over to private corporations the administration of criminal justice. Rice should be indicted if that can be done; if not, then he has not had due process and the corporation is thus deciding its own sentence, using whatever it wants: there are no rules of evidence in corporations, there is but a morbid preoccupation with the rate of profit increase. Everything else is subordinate to that. So the sentences meted out are definitely skewed by profit considerations, to the extent that it amounts to buying justice: valuable properties get slaps on the wrist (cf. FSU).

And it occurs to me that is exactly what corporations are doing when they deliberately take over the criminal justice function: they do it precisely because they can apply a profit cast to judicial/punishment decisions, whereas in the government-run criminal justice system it is (at least theoretically) a rule of law that applies to all equally as all are citizens—and those decisions, made purely on the basis of law and evidence, can absolutely wreck a balance sheet. Thus the move of the venue, as it were.

UPDATE: This story is more to the point: The judge found that Goodell’s story was a lie.

Written by LeisureGuy

28 November 2014 at 12:46 pm

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