Compare and Constrast Essay on Justice

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Justice


Of course I looked "justice" up in the dictionary before I started to write this
paper and I didn't find anything of interest except of course a common word in every
definition, that being "fair". This implies that justice would have something to do with
being fair. I thought that if one of the things the law and legal system are about is
maintaining and promoting justice and a sense of "fairness", they might not be doing such
a spiffy job. An eye for an eye is fair? No, that would be too easy, too black and white.
I could cite several examples where I thought a judge's or jury's ruling was not fair, but
I won't because frankly, we've all seen those. I actually believe in our legal system and
I believe in justice. I believe in justice as an ideal that we strive for and that is what
it means to me. The legal system, when looked at closer is not justice but instead -
judgment. You can be punished when found guilty, in a number of ways, but who knows if
they're "fair" punishments, it's all a matter of opinion. Is life in jail, say 25 years,
going to be enough punishment for the parents charged with brutally murdering their
daughter Farah Khan? Her life was brief, but whoever killed her also mutilated her body
parts. The possibilities for her life were endless, she could have lived to the old age of
95. So is 25 years enough for her killers? They'll be able to walk free at the end of
their term, and perhaps few will remember them then and what they did. Why is justice
important then? Because although the legal system is not always right, it needs that lofty
ideal of justice as something to strive for, something to hope gets accomplished, the hope
for every victim of a crime of any nature. The seeking of justice is a tiring and long
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