Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Those whom we would banish from society or from the human community itself often speak in too faint a voice to be heard above society’s demand for punishment. It is the particular role of courts to hear those voices, for the Constitution declares that the majoritarian chorus may not alone dictate the conditions of social life.

Justice Brennan – McCleskey v. Kemp (US 1987)

Seems particularly relevant today, considering the chorus on both sides of the Trayvon Martin affair. It’s a shame that the system too often protects those with the money to have a voice, instead of the voiceless.

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