Two Justice Systems
There is a plethora of articles comparing the French and American systems of Justice.
Yann Baly writes at Bernard Antony's blog:
Behind the Strauss-Kahn affair, there is the scandal of the reactions by political and media leaders.
Since the arrest of DSK, we have witnessed an organized attack against the American police and justice systems: it is a scandal to have shown this gentle lamb Strauss-Kahn in handcuffs, they refused to give him V.I.P. treatment, he was jailed with other criminals of all backgrounds (those on the Left should rejoice)… "The French are indignant" came from the mouth of such and such journalist or Socialist leader.
No. You have only to listen to the man in the street to understand that the French are not indignant, that they are even pleasantly surprised to see a country where justice is inflexible with defendants, even if one happens to be head of the IMF! We are far from the French "tradition" of acquittals, of cases not followed up, or of affairs discreetly swept under the rug whenever a powerful person is implicated.
French political leaders of the Right and the Left who have been sharing power, now one, now the other, for so many years, ought to be more discreet on these questions. They are the ones responsible for the catastrophic situation of justice in France, a system where too often criminals are granted more rights than victims. They are the accomplices, through the laws that they pass, of dozens of crimes, murders and rapes, perpetrated by individuals that their justice system has released, having deferred the day of sentencing, with unpredictable clocking-in or surveillance by ideological Freudian psychiatrists as the only means of control.
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, you who adhere to the right to be different, allow the Americans the right to a justice that is different from ours!
Below, a short video on Rikers Island, and a discussion of the suicide watch placed on Strauss-Kahn.