Including the Kitchen Sink
Milosevic has only 150 days to present his case.
July 7, 2004
All experts in the legal profession, including those trained by CourtTV, are welcome to stop reading. It will be clear on their terms that I don’t know what I am talking about. Fortunately, I write this column on my terms, at least insofar as the editor will post it. As Barnabas, I don’t pretend to be an expert on anything; I leave that to my real job.
I picked up on this trial as I was scanning the headlines, not because I know much about the Balkans but because I was amazed to see that the trial was still on. One word caused me to halt as I scanned the story. What do they mean, "only 150 days to present his case"?
To argue that justice requires lengthy process is nonsense, since justice rarely appears to be the primary goal of most prosecutions and defenses. Neither side wants perfect justice, because perfect justice almost always makes demands on everyone. What is desired on both sides is an imperfect justice that damages the opposition to the fullest possible extent. To the lay spectator most trial time is given to obscuring facts if they are against you, and enlarging them if they support you. The old saying goes, "everything but the kitchen sink" but the current process includes the kitchen sink.
About the Author:
Barnabas's day job is in written and oral communication, where the first rule of thumb is, more is almost never better.
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