Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Unfair U.S. Justice System

Author and journalist Matt Taibbi speaks to a crowd of Occupy Wall Street protestors after a march on the offices of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in New York. There was a heavy police presence around the 42nd Street area as the demonstration began Wednesday morning outside. (AP)
Journalist Matt Taibbi explains the growing divide in the U.S. justice system. Matt touches on the issues of big money buying innocence and poverty often resulting in guilt.

In an age of great inequality the rule of law has been subverted. Justice divided into two tiers. Free passes for the rich. Criminalization for the poor. Matt talks to Tom Ashbrook.

Matt Taibbi is the author of “The Divide: American Injustice In the Age of the Wealth Gap.” and “Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History” and “The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire.” (@mtaibbi)

Also Authur Laby speaks. He is professor of law at Rutgers University.
Source: On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Matt Taibbi On Unequal Justice In The Age Of Inequality

Who is really poor?

According to the U.S. government, there are 46.5 million Americans who live below the poverty line officially. But everyone who has studied poverty agrees that this figure is completely wrong. Why still measure poverty in a way that so many people agree is wrong? How could we do it better?
Source: planet money: The Trouble With The Poverty Line

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