I’ve been watching the occasional video on the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard Trial, and I’m thinking ‘ how far from the intent of the law have we come’ . Most recently the testimony of the doorman Alejandro Romero, who was grilled over and over about makeup and other nonsense to distract from the facts and attempt to minimize his testimony. It was a simple question and an even simpler answer. ‘ Did you notice any blemishes, marks, abrasions, cuts, or swelling on Amber’s face? And were you close enough to Amber to determine if she was wearing makeup to disguise or conceal blemishes, marks, abrasions, cuts, or swelling? ‘ To which he answered, ‘ I was three or maybe four feet away, was looking directly at her face, looking into her eyes and I did not see any blemishes, marks, abrasions, cuts, or swelling, and yes it was possible that she was wearing makeup to conceal blemishes, marks, abrasions, and cuts, however I would still have noticed swelling as you cannot hide that with makeup. ‘ That was all that was needed. Simple, straightforward, and to the point.
People forget the intent of the law. The intent is to provide justice, a fair and impartial trial, and result. The job of a defense attorney is not to get the client off if they are guilty, their job is to ensure they get a fair trial, and the consequences do not exceed the boundaries of justice. The job of the prosecuting attorney is not to win the case at all costs, to set an example, or to punish to the full extent of the law, their job is to ensure they get a fair trial, and the consequences do not exceed the boundaries of justice.
It’s a very simple concept. The guilty are punished fairly. The innocent go free. And everyone, from the arresting officers, to the judge, are there to ensure justice prevails.
Where did we go wrong? Have we ever gotten it right?