A Day In Court

December 7, 2009

I am not sure whether this is a true story or not but it happened in a court setting in America. Listen to this story. After a laborious two-week criminal trial in a very high-profile bank robbery case, the jury finally ended its 14 hours of deliberations and entered the courtroom to deliver its verdict to the judge. The judge turned to the jury foreman and asked, “Has the jury reached a verdict in this case?” “Yes we have, Your Honor,” the foreman responded. “Please pass it to me,” the judge declared, as he motioned for the bailiff to retrieve the verdict slip from the foreman and deliver it to him. After the judge read the verdict himself, he delivered the verdict slip back to his bailiff to be returned to the foreman. He then instructed the foreman, “Please read your verdict to the court.” “We find the defendant NOT GUILTY of all four counts of bank robbery,” announced the foreman.

The family and friends of the defendant jumped for joy at the sound of the “not guilty” verdict, and they hugged each other as they shouted expressions of divine gratitude. The defendant’s attorney turned to his client and asked, “So, what do you think about that?” The defendant looked around the courtroom slowly with a bewildered look on his face and then turned to his defense attorney and said, “I’m real confused here. Does this mean that I have to give all the money back?” Some times it happens. The guilty are acquitted and the innocent punished. The justice system is not perfect because human beings are not perfect. But the problem is that the justice system should be the steward of what is ethical, just and fair. In a world of political correctness, everything seems to be relative.

Consider this other story.

Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers. “So,” he said, “I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe.” Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. “You, attorney Gonzales, gave me P150,000.00 And you, attorney Guerrero, gave me P100,000.” The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Attorney Gonzales. “Now then, I’m returning P50,000, and we’re going to decide this case solely on its merits!” Here now is the question. Is the judge being ethical or not?

We live in a country that has already been judged corrupt and inefficient. And I am so tired of this. Because I know that as a people we could do so much more if only justice and righteousness rule the land. It is not true that all things are relative. Justice is served only when it is strictly based on absolutes. Never trust a person whose world view is always based on relativism. I would not hire an accountant who is relatively honest would you and so why should I possess a world view that believes in relativism and political correctness? Truth is truth and should never be sugar coated.

I have met business people, politicians and even religious leaders who have mastered the art of the double talk. And these are the same people who subvert justice in order to protect their own interests. We have a long way to go as a nation. And if we still ignore what the absolute Word of God says then there will be no recovery. For God says in His Word that Righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a disgrace to its people. Shouldn’t we be tired of this already?

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. richel mae distrito

    galing po …. nakaka inspire

  2. aris

    we should choose the right person to trust…so many dishonest people nowadays..

  3. Terex

    It really is heartbreaking how politics corrupts every system. Even at work, promotion involves politics. As what others say, it’s not what you know but who you know… In this modern world, even moral values are now relative. It’s pretty confusing what to stand for and what to stand against.

  4. Stephanie Tan

    yes, even if i’m only 15, i’m absolutely and completely tired of philippine politics and judicial system. a part of me thinks it will never end because the incumbent officials stay in power forever (figuratively). i can’t digest all the corruption. it’s heartbreaking.

  5. FJAmes

    Though what we see around us in Philippine society distresses and disappoints us, we should not lose hope. No matter how bad our situation may seem, things will change and we need to pray, believe, talk, and act so that change will be towards the positive – where righteousness based on truth and God’s justice is established.

  6. ramil joaquin

    “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” -Proverbs 29:2

  7. pp

    it’s time we vote for a righteous leader that can also lead this nation to righteousness. A leader not just blameless but wholly righteous–made righteous by the death of Christ on the cross.

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