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November 2017 , Page 09 

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Inside NACDL: A ‘Laughingstock Justice System’ That Is No Joke

By Norman Reimer

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Quxotic and impulsive comments related to the U.S. justice system by the current president of the United States are nothing new. But in the wake of the attack on bicyclists in New York City, the president’s comment that the justice system “we have right now is a joke, and it’s a laughingstock,” was indeed noteworthy, as was his call to short circuit the judicial process by sending the accused to Guantanamo Bay to be tried in a military commission. It is most extraordinary for the nation’s chief executive to denounce the justice system, much less with the attorney general sitting alongside him. As if to give proof to that negative characterization, within 24 hours the president specifically called for the “DEATH PENALTY” (his Twitter capitalization) for the accused attacker. He issued this call within hours of the incident and the arrest, and wholly without regard for the prescribed process by which the Department of Justice determines whether to seek a death sentence. That

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