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And Justice for All?

double-standards--crs-presents-new-challenges-for-global-tax-reportingTwo Israelis have been sentenced by an Israeli court for the murder of a Palestinian teenager.

How many Palestinians have been sentenced by Palestinian courts for the murder of Jews?

Woman in Gold — Intolerance for Injustice

portrait-of-adele-bloch-bauer-i-by-gustav-klimt“Woman in Gold” is one of those stories, and one of those movies, that we need to hear and see to remind us that we’re in this world for something more than the comforts and pleasures of the here and now.

Maria Altmann was a woman in her eighties living in Southern California who decided that it was time to try to recover the portrait of her aunt that had been stolen by the Nazis and had hung in Vienna’s Belvedere Gallery for half a century.

Randal Schoenberg, grandson of Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg, was a corporate lawyer with a wife and baby who quit his job to take the case against the Austrian government that no one thought he could win.

Hubertus Czernin was an Austrian investigative journalist, the son of a Nazi driven to atone for the sins of his father by allying himself in the fight for truth.

Because ultimately, the story is not one about a painting, about Nazism, or even about the victory of three little people in their David-and-Goliath battle  against governments and the corruption of power.

Ultimately, it is a story about intolerance for injustice, about the heeding the inner voice that calls us to take a stand against evil no matter what the cost, no matter how long the odds.

Because when we fight for justice, we always win — even if we lose.

Turnaround, or fair play?

imagesLast week, John Roberts reported for jury duty, not as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but as John Q. Public at Maryland’s Montgomery County courthouse.  He wasn’t selected in the end, but he came within measurable distance of serving as an ordinary juror on a case that would determine damages in an automobile accident.

Does this reflect what’s best in America, that no one is exempt from performing his civic duty?  Or is it symptomatic of the most absurd form of political correctness, which demands equivalence in all arenas and all situations, no matter how un-equivalent they may be?

So what do you think:  would it have been worth shutting down the highest court in the land so that our top jurist could sit in the place of an average citizen?  Leave a comment with your take on the question.