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Another Controversial Flip-Flopping Case in the Judicial System

The issue of flip-flopping cases is continuously heating up. And now, another controversy looms over our judicial system. This only means one thing – it is getting rampant and may soon affect even the administration of the President.

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Now, to give you some light on this not so new occurrence, the case that was reopened was that of Efren Alvarez, a former Mayor of Munoz, Nueva Ecija. 2 courts including the Supreme Court, found him guilty of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act as well as junked all motions for reconsideration. It was proven and there are records which show that the bidding for the construction of a local mall was unjustly awarded to an Australian construction company, one that has no license from the Philippine Construction Accreditation Board, no experience and no financial qualifications.

Alvarez was then sentenced to 6-10 years of imprisonment and was disqualified from holding any public office. Again, the decision was final and executory and was entered in the Book of Entries and Judgments on Aug. 29, 2012.

Now, what I’m driving at here is that this is the 2nd case in a row that I have read about the flip-flop issues in the judiciary. Is it possible that there is yet another unheard 3rd or 4th or even many other cases that were reopened and decisions were changed? Why were the final decisions broken?

There are many people who are slowly losing faith in our justice system. If more issues like these resurface, the judiciary will always be in the spotlight and put in bad light.

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289 Comments

  1. Brianne says:

    Its really scary to think that things like that are going on, but I can’t say I’m all that surprised.

  2. Wendy Mastin says:

    Politics and the Judicial System; it’s all about who you know and money.

  3. I think that this is a very good post informative. Thank you. Jerri Davis

  4. Marcia moan says:

    this is the comment I have to this post-read it

  5. Trillina Palemi says:

    fantastic

  6. Trillina Palemi says:

    ehm no controversial
    is ironic

  7. Politics are never just simple. I am always surprised at cases that seem like it should be open & shut case. It’s just a big let down when you see all of these such cases. You’re suppose to be innocent until proven guilty=it doesn’t seem to be the case now days.

  8. shawna scott says:

    sad what our country has become

  9. I have faith in the system.

  10. Kathy Carse says:

    Our Judical system is not much better.

  11. Jenn says:

    This is something I had not heard of before now, I am interested in reading more about this

  12. ANN*H says:

    I do agree that we been hearing more about what the judges are doing. I dont have total faith in our justice system as much as I used to. Our judges are not above the law either.

  13. Rebecca Reinwalt says:

    Our government is broken almost beyond repair. Nothing really surprises me any longer. When a non-citizen can be elected president and not have to prove he is a citizen while all others who ran/run are required to provide proof …. and no one with the legal ability will stand up and make a challenge ?? Why do we expect our legal court system to be above corruption ?

  14. I am so disheartened by it all: flip flopping politicians those who bust unions, politicians who step on the common man. When will it end? It won’t. Not until we stand up as a nation and make them stop.

  15. sigrid lo says:

    I am not surprised and I am sure there are lots more like that.

  16. Eileen says:

    ON all levels something smells! It is not what you know (about the legal system going INTO these devious acts), and who you know who holds your get out of jail free card.

    The latest report is something my daughter found on a local level. A man who got his 11th. ELEVENTH drunk driving ticket. And then the man was going to cite insanity to get out of it. I dont think HE was crazy…but those who hold the power in the courts certainly ARE!

  17. Kendra says:

    Truly sad and disheartening. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  18. Katie K says:

    Amazing

  19. Sherri says:

    I have definitely lost faith in the justice system…. it is becoming as corrupt as politics are now.

  20. jmfolker says:

    interesting

  21. Lauren Domene says:

    It’s all about the money in office. No trust in them!

  22. Raymon Sherrell says:

    I have lost faith in the judicial system already. Money and Power can allow you to do anything and do whatever you want.

  23. Felisa says:

    Not surprising, but disappointing.

  24. ashley o says:

    i loose more faith in our system everyday

  25. Tachy says:

    Ready to win and thanks for the chance!

  26. Renski says:

    my comment is to not comment – thanks you

  27. Politics its true, all its about is who you know and money!

  28. Karrie Smith says:

    I’m not sure what a “flip flop” is, but it sounds like he won an appeals. Is this even in the US?

  29. I cn’t wait til the current president we have is out of office…

  30. Catherine S says:

    Such an imperfect system.

  31. larissa says:

    sad to say. not really surprised.

  32. Anya says:

    Oh my goodness! Well, truth be told, I’m not American, so this doesn’t really affect me, but it’s good to know what’s happening in North America. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  33. Those examples do not bode well. I have often thought about being imprisoned as an innocent person. But I realize I can not really wrap my mind around much of this.

  34. Margie says:

    This is sad, and I imagine alot of people are not aware of it unless people like yourself write it in their blog. Thank you for doing this.

  35. Very sad but very true that more and more people are losing trust in our judicial system with all the injustices that are going on.

  36. Raul James Bugahod says:

    So true, it is like where I came from. no stable firm and corrupt

  37. dianne david says:

    sad of whats happening to our country 🙁

  38. Brittany Utley says:

    *Hangs Head* Thanks for the information and sharing it.

  39. giulia b. says:

    This is a sad story. I hope things will change.

  40. erika fukuda says:

    i don’t fully trust our judicial system

  41. Chelsea says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this. It’s scary that this stuff is happening!

  42. Catherine says:

    I really want to believe in our system; it has a great history and a true desire to do the right thing behind it. But more and more I’m hearing about these kinds of stories and it is truly disheartening.

  43. That is so true it is never about what u know its always about who u know. This is very sad and its truly time to share like Kendra said everyone is right just wish ppl would wake up whats going on in this world for our future generations like our children is so scary and sad at the same time!

  44. Nicole Strunk says:

    I had a lawyer once ask me How much justice could I afford. It is sad, but true.

  45. Joann says:

    This day & age, NOTHING surprises me anymore.Crooks & thugs at every turn! The world is speeding toward utter darkness.Sad, but true.

  46. Miranda Douglas says:

    I lost faith along time ago in our judicial system it is very bias

  47. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I* did not realize that thid flipflopping was occuring in the judicial system and it is scary

  48. These types of situations are always disheartening …

  49. Maybe new information became available. It’s scary that people are in jail for things that they might not have done.

  50. farah caldwell says:

    It is sad how this can be such a hard, cold, world =(

  51. Carrie Conley says:

    The system is broke….only work for a few…those in the know and those with money…

  52. disheartening. I thought this kind of thing was rare in the Western judiciary system.

  53. Tiffany Winner says:

    having gone through court proceedings i know how very frustrating and un-fair they can be 🙁

  54. Paula says:

    It’s a very sad state of our country, govt, and system. Who can we trust?

  55. Sarah P says:

    The problem is that in the judicial system even then a decision is supposed to be final, it really never is.

  56. Cynthia says:

    Love to win a $1000

  57. Joana Carvalho says:

    Cool 😀

  58. renee C says:

    it seems now in this country if you have money the law doesnt apply to you. it is so sad and if someone wants to run for office they need money in order to do it. They have no idea what it is like to worry about eiter keeping the lights on or putting food on the table. This country needs a lot of change it is becoming a country of two classes poor or rich the middle class is disapearing. its scary.

  59. Meghan Stith says:

    I was filling out a Rafflecopter for $1000 and it said to comment on this post.. so I’m doing it!
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  60. Peggy Greco says:

    Every citizen should get fair, impartial judging, etc.

  61. Theresa Reed says:

    It’s so sad how much change is going on. I wish we as American could do more and have more say in what goes on.

  62. willis flanagan says:

    I did not know that it was as rampant as it is.

  63. KRISTINA SNYDER says:

    interesting

  64. Sandy McFadden says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all I have seen innocent people being charged with crimes that they never committed and now in our society it isn’t innocent until proven guilty it is the other way around and if you don’t have money for a good attorney you might as well just give up because you can’t win its not about justice anymore!

  65. Brandi Price says:

    If all these “Justice” systems would quit going by “Good Ol’ Boy” Standards it would be much better!

  66. Great article!

  67. terri tillman says:

    we are losing traction as a society and this is just one more example of why.

  68. doreen lamoureux says:

    Flip flopping is not very reassuring. 🙁
    Kind of confusing.

  69. hmm, thats weird.

  70. Jan Lee says:

    But what about the convictions of innocent people whose cases are reopened when they were found guilty of crimes they didn’t commit? Those are flip flops too but in a positive way, and the juries were always common people in America who convicted them!

  71. tammy jeffery says:

    Who you are and how rich your are is what seems to be the way the system works.

  72. Christine Halverson says:

    Although I’m not suprised,,thanks for sharing..

  73. tyra young says:

    And it doesn’t seem to get any better~

  74. danielle copetillo says:

    I try to avoid any and all political debates.

  75. Corrinne says:

    Not surprised.

  76. Megan Cromes says:

    im saddened…

  77. I’m not familiar with the case enough to make an educated comment, but I don’t hold much faith in the judicial system at all.

  78. Rafik Ayoub says:

    you can’t never loose faith in the system, but because laws are make by humans, and humans can make mistakes, the same happens with laws right?

  79. susan says:

    Sad state of affairs.

  80. christina flynn says:

    Thank you for this great post!

  81. Catherine M says:

    I have lost faith in our judicial system long ago. I don’t trust the government either. I stay out of politics.

  82. I have lost hope in the judicial system and Im not sure if ill ever get it back.

  83. This sounds like quite a dicey situation. It is so sad this kind of stuff goes on instead of everyone acting in fairness.

  84. ray says:

    It is a shame that as with all of government the judicial system is failing as well

  85. Erin Duggins says:

    Great article.

  86. Pamela Halligan says:

    I am one of those people losing faith in our judicial system, and it’s because of cases like this one. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  87. Elizabeth B says:

    I’m really not surprised.

  88. catiblue says:

    Thanks for information I still get disheartened with the more knowledge I get. And I get more confused as well, however I do have faith that at some point God’s sense of reasoning shines through.

  89. saminder gumer says:

    the judicial system is not where i would like it and i dont trust it that much any more.

  90. Keitha says:

    I think there needs to be much more prayer to help support those in this position.

  91. Gloria Walshver says:

    I’m not surprised, this has been going on for quite awhile.

  92. denise smith says:

    very sad thanks for the post

  93. Nupur says:

    I agree with you!

  94. Michelle E says:

    Thank you for all the input! It’s an eye opener!

  95. Sad but true.

  96. the politics of politics is disheartening

  97. Trista says:

    As a criminal justice major I am sad to say that I agree with some of the other posts, it’s all about who you know and how much money you have. Unfortunately there is no black and white in the judicial system, there are tons of gray areas which is in my opinion why there flip-flop cases occur. 🙁

  98. brandy says:

    Id get much needed.groceries & stuff for.my 3 aweaome boys

  99. Christine says:

    It’s crazy how things like this happen!

  100. Renee Travis says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. And I agree with a lot of the others, it is about WHO you know and how much $$$ you have! Sad, but true!

  101. Audrey says:

    sad but not surprising unfortunately. Thank you for posting.

  102. Kristy Wong says:

    I agree with you. This is kind of sad and horrific, but it is certainly true!!

  103. Marie Butler says:

    Politics as usual

  104. Lisa N says:

    It depends on your appeal I believe! It has nothing to do with innocence….see how many people get away with murder and how many innocent people go to jail?

  105. Marianne says:

    Unfortunately there will always be cases like this, but we have to trust in the judicial system.

  106. Sad, especially since I am not surprised at all!

  107. Tammy S says:

    I still believe the system works. It may not be perfect. But in the long run it’s the best system.

  108. Caitlan Meador says:

    It’s sad, it’s hard to believe in a justice system when we see innocent people behind bars and guilty people walking the streets.

  109. Jen says:

    Ugh! So sad and frustrating!!!!

  110. Danna Wolf says:

    This is a very interesting point. Something to bring up at the dinner table.

  111. Audrey18 says:

    It’s so sad…

  112. Ruby Daniels says:

    I am not really up to date with this, but we all just have to trust the system to do what is right.

  113. Mitzi Fisher says:

    This is just terrible and sad. I have to believe justice will be served.

  114. i hate politics

  115. Cindy S. says:

    The judicial system is messed up. The USA is messed up.

  116. Stacey A Smith says:

    I lost fate in the judicial system way long time ago.

  117. Diana R says:

    Not suprised but very unfortunate.

  118. Maria Iemma says:

    How very sad that we cannot trust the judicial system we have, however in the big picture, it is probably the best system in the world – which says something.

  119. Samantha Hill says:

    I have very little to no faith in the judiciary system. It has gotten ridiculous!

  120. gnomy gnome says:

    I’m very close to losing faith in the justice system :(.

  121. After the Casey Anthony case, I totally lost faith in the system & I worked in Law for over ten years!!!!

  122. Leah says:

    This is sad and annoying and frustrating. :/

  123. Jen Rodrigues says:

    There needs to be new rules or laws in our judicial system. Something has to change.

  124. Robin Bouza says:

    I’ve often questioned things in our Judicial system. But I’d take it over any other!

    Robin Bouza
    robin_bouza@yahoo.com

  125. Sounds very unfair

  126. ellen chevarie says:

    im no longer shocked by anything.it becoming the norm

  127. It’s scary to think about.

  128. Lori Hoffman says:

    There are so many things that look and feel more and more corrupt in our justice and political system. It’s sad and scary.

  129. Tali says:

    So wrong

  130. I have also lost faith in the US Justice System with my own personal experience with child custody.

  131. kimberly hamilton says:

    well ive read and reread trying to figure out why so many years for something as a mall, i can see not let him keep chair but to be put in prison.

  132. Cheyenne P says:

    I think people play the system…sometimes it works out that the bad guy doesn’t win, and some times innocent people get screwed. I recently read a case about a guy who’s pretty much stuck in jail for life due to a technicality. Each time he’s tried to appeal the decision it’s been shut down because ‘this is what the law says.’ Sadly the system isn’t perfect but I don’t believe anywhere has all the kinks figured out.

  133. I am not surprised by anything anymore

  134. Dina says:

    This happened here in the US?

  135. gail says:

    very sad. :/

  136. jody johnson says:

    love to win

  137. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    I have no faith in our justice system .

  138. John Travis says:

    so sad this country is going down the tubes

  139. jamie says:

    I would like to take a peek behind the scenes of these cases, as I’m quite sure more is going on then we know about.

    other than that, I don’t think I know enough about the issue to really make a constructive comment.

  140. Susan Johnson says:

    Unfortunately, politics, no matter where you are in the world,the Philippines included, is completely corrupt, and money gets anyone out of anything if there is enough of it.

  141. ValeviL says:

    Politics are no easy

  142. Barbara Maher-Erwin says:

    There are a lot of people commenting on how sad this is and how they agree or they’re not surprised, etc., but I have read the article twice and it doesn’t say what the so-called “flip flop” was! It says he got convicted, there was ample evidence of the crime, but it doesn’t say that the judgment was overturned. I’m assuming that it was, hence the accusation of a “flip flop”.

  143. Brianne Armstrong says:

    I actually am a CSI, so I work hard to gather evidence for prosecution (or exoneration!) of criminals, to help victims, etc, and then the justice system, lawyers, judges, everyone who handles it from that point on on can literally change the science of what I found to something that it’s not, at all. It’s heartbreaking sometimes. There really should be more standard laws and ways to deal with them, around the world.

  144. Karan Hughey Burgdorf says:

    Everyone is equal, the rich are just MORE equal.

  145. Elizabeth says:

    It is too bad that this happens and how it effects others.

  146. Debbie Corbin says:

    its insane what the country is turning in to and very scary.. hopefully things will turn out right..

  147. Hey Brianne! With regards to what you said, I guess they won’t show that in the tv series, yeah? But, it’s really happening everywhere and that’s a saddening fact 🙁

  148. It’s all there, the meaning I mean. But I guess, I do have to at least put some description in the future. Thanks for the suggestion, Barbara 🙂

  149. Mel D says:

    I have no faith in our system. It’s all about how much money you have or how powerful your family/friends are.

  150. eileen marie says:

    Government corruption sickens me -seems like an endless cycle.

  151. There is so many things wrong in our Government! It’s all politics! The judicial system is just corrupt anymore! You have so many cases being overturned and some are justified when it comes to having people that were innocent of a crime and being found guilty and placed in prison for so many years to turn and find out that they are not guilty and having so many years of their lives taken away for nothing!

  152. Jessica Lodge says:

    Although this case seems cut and dry I do think that it’s important to be able to revisit cases, there are so many people imprisoned unjustly who deserve to have their cases flip flopped. It is an imperfect system, true, but I would rather air on the side of caution when it comes to peoples lives and freedom.

  153. Thanks for giving us great information concerning our judicial system.

  154. I’m really thankful for the watchdogs that keep their eyes out for things like this.

  155. doreen lamoureux says:

    When it comes the this system …. my head is in the clouds. Not too familiar with it all but it does sound scary at times. Great article. 🙂

  156. Sandy says:

    It was interesting reading this and finding out about some stuff I didn’t know. Great article.

  157. Robin says:

    Frustrating, yes. Surprising? No. Our judicial system is broken like a lot of other things. I believe people deserve a second chance if their cases can be proven deserving.

  158. kim coady says:

    I live in Canada, so I am not familiar with the judicial system where you are, but nothing really surprises me anymore

  159. sarah sar says:

    haven’t heard about any of this until now. i really think the system needs some changes!

  160. Barbara says:

    Our Judical system in Italy is not much better

  161. Amie Laventhall says:

    I would like to say I find this shocking but I can’t. The system has been falling apart for years….

  162. LulaPagel says:

    Odd, I’ve never heard of anything like this until now. Isn’t it illegal to try someone a second time by reopening a case after the verdict has been declared?

  163. jessica pierce says:

    It doesnt surprise me, really. the system is def. corrupt even down to smaller court systems, we have similar problems with leaders even in a small town like mine (we dont even have a stoplight…lol) and there isnt much for ppl like me who recognize the problems because of the ppl who have the power can make it hard to live around here.

  164. I love seeing intelligent momnmy bloggers who are interested in politics and keeping up-to-date with what’s going on in this silly world. You SHOULD be one proud momma! Okay, lame joke. Anyways, I think there is a ton that goes on behind closed doors when it comes to government issues that the public will never know about. People are always getting paid off and etc. I cross my fingers and hope that justice will be served and that good will win! p.s. I love the falling hearts on your blog.

  165. I agree, sometimes we’ll never know what goes on once they close the doors.. I love Valentines! 🙂

  166. Rachel says:

    I gotta be honest…politics just discourages me!

  167. Chenae says:

    I love the hearts…

  168. Sarah N says:

    So sad. Politics is no longer about justice.

  169. I’m not at all surprised with this kind of stories. Since elementary I’ve heard many unjust “justice” stories. Now that I’m already a working mom, though the players may have changed the story is still the same.

  170. Ravzie says:

    I’m not sure I really understand the whole thing, but it is sad how unevenly justice is handed out in this country today. Some tiny indiscretion gets years in jail, but illegal immigrants get government benefits.

  171. Judy Bradley says:

    I am surprised you said this MAY even reach presidential levels. I think it is sad that even if a person who truly wants to help our country is elected to any public office, they are too often so surrounded with subtle acts of dishonesty, that they soon are beyond doing anything about it. It is a shame that our great nation is losing her dignity and integrity because of those who run it – and those of us who vote without research or not at all.

  172. shahana says:

    gr8 article thumbs up !! (Y)

  173. Melissa Cadle says:

    I think the system is really messed up because every state does everything different… and like other people have posted, we may never know what goes on behind closed doors.

  174. lisa says:

    It all comes down to lining the right pockets to get the outcome you want, not the one you deserve. Sad for the rest of us….

  175. Dang it I meant to actually write a comment. Sorry. Was going to say “nothing is too surprising these days.”

  176. Kim Hendrix says:

    Crazy

  177. Maria Gonzalez says:

    crazy

  178. Steve Konrad says:

    I have had awful legal luck the last three years, so anything with a gavel I’m against.

  179. Lilia Kharabora says:

    Hard to believe the decision was changed and at the unfairness!

  180. Amelia Pickens says:

    The Justice System is corrupt.

  181. Colleen Schilinski says:

    This is so not fair, and just an example of what can go wrong with the judicial system.

  182. Jen Rodrigues says:

    I think that Jurors should be a job. Then there would be more jobs in the judicial system instead of regular people. Some people do not take jury duty seriously.

  183. ron says:

    that grand would sure be sweet

  184. Anita L says:

    I have absolutely no faith or trust in our government and have not for some time.

  185. sherry butcher says:

    Surprised? No. It’s been a way of life for far too long and does not look like it’ll change. Whats change is we hear about now.

  186. nikki krutz says:

    you never know what may happen anymore!

  187. Elizabeth says:

    I’m sure their are plenty of cases like this that have gotten reopened, its not right either. I believe the correct justice needs to be done the first time, and case closed. Not this flip-flop stuff..they have to know the facts the first time around. The judicial system definitely needs some looking into.

  188. Brooke K says:

    It is situations like this that discourage people from seeking legal help.

  189. I agree, our judicial system needs work. It’s our job to make sure we are educated voters and to really pay attention to things like this to learn why they are happening, and vote accordingly. Communication with our political leaders is also important. Writer letters, email them, call them…whatever it takes to make sure your voice is heard.

  190. The justice system has no business being referred to as such anymore.

  191. desiree says:

    if they would of look at it the first time they might have not had to redo it and cost more money and then they got to watch what is built and how is done and what kind of equipment

  192. Not surprised. it seems all of the politicians are corrupt

  193. Veronica says:

    WOW, Great article! There’s a bunch I just learned! Thanks!

  194. Veronica says:

    WOW, Great article! There’s a bunch I just learned! Thanks!

  195. Dona Keyton says:

    I agree. It is time we publish these occurrances

  196. Joyce Poyton says:

    I’m not familiar with this case as I live in Canada. It certainly does not seem fair.

  197. Not sure what to say about this. But I have to admit that while the falling hearts on this page is cute and I like them, they tend to stick while scrolling and making things difficult to read.

  198. Interesting choice of topic! Definitely one that calls for debate

  199. Leslie says:

    system is bias…

  200. Tiffiny Palm says:

    Sadly, I believe this happens alot more than anyone realizes. There has been a huge problem with our justice system even without all the flip flopping. I don’t see it changing for the better anytime soon.

  201. Its sad what you can get by with in this country if you have enough money or know the right people…

  202. Carmen says:

    It is sad times… many people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit for plea bargain deals knowing they would never get a fair trial.

  203. Bonny says:

    Nothing really surprises me, when it comes to people that work for the city!

  204. Lisa James says:

    I think it is what it is and I hope no one I love is every in a bad situation that could lead to false convictions or harsh penalties.

  205. Randy T. says:

    REMARKABLE!!!

  206. Jenee says:

    What’s that they say? Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I am encouraged when I hear things like this in the news, though, because it tells me there are people out there investigating, and catching the ones who would twist and manipulate our justice system.

  207. Cheryl Rahkonen says:

    It seems like this level of corruption is going on everywhere. When will it ever end? All we can do is pray for our leaders and make sure we vote for moral and responsible individuals (if there are any).

  208. Terri Evans Morgan says:

    The judicial system is propelled by politics. Politics is made up of liars and thieves. Why would the flip flopping be a surprise to anyone?

  209. Lisa F. says:

    I know everyone in this country has the right to a fair trial judged by a jury of their peers; however, I think one of the problems in our judicial system is lawyers who try to trick jurors into doubting a suspect’s guilt when the evidence is blatantly clear. It shouldn’t be about the lawyer winning; it should be about justice.

  210. not suprised

  211. Lanie says:

    Sadly, things like this happen all time. People are forced to plead guilty, wrongly accused, or sentenced unfairly. Its so sad! 🙁

  212. Cujo says:

    It’s distrubing. Nothing is as it seems.

  213. amber says:

    I have had a brush with the legal system and came away a winner. thankfully I had a good legal person to help me in my battle to get justice

  214. Raye W says:

    Corruption in government, never a surprise. So frustrating. The more we know, the more power we take back to try and stop it where we can, we all need to become better educated and make our votes count as much as possible.

  215. sam dock says:

    It is really sad that things like this are going on

  216. Winningmama2013 says:

    I too feel that there is a love loss for our justice system, because they have put the US in the position that we are at today. People that I know, that are feeling this way are preparing for when this all comes crumbling down and the government simply falls apart leaving us to our own means. All I feel like I can say is make sure that you prepare yourself, because you don’t want to be stuck with nothing if this happens, and we are stuck in an anarchy situation.

  217. Yong says:

    Not suprise.

  218. Karen Stevens says:

    That is shocking

  219. its really sad

  220. Stacy Garfinkel says:

    Money talks, and if you don’t have it, you have no voice.

  221. Krista Grandstaff says:

    Sadly, it isn’t surprising or amazing that this is going on… it seems like no matter where you look in the world…you can find evidence of bias that is so blatant it’s almost laughable..

  222. sandy weinstein says:

    not only is our judicial system screwed up, we have too many crooked politicians. look at what was spent on the pres. elections, and yet they delayed money to help the people in ny affected by sandy. i used to work in the dc area and worked and knew several political people, it is a mess. the public does not even know the half of all of the crap that goes on…or they would be really in an uproar. i am tired of politicians getting caught, not much happens to them, they may go to a luxury prison, never have to pay back what they embezzled, get their law license.

  223. Alison says:

    I hate to say that I was surprised reading it, then it didn’t because it is all politics and no one seems to want to change that – or the system.

  224. I totally believe this.
    We have a long way to go, but everybody doing
    a little bit to combat this shady system will
    make a change.

  225. Sweettoothtoo says:

    Thanks for the information. Very informative.

  226. Kate Moore says:

    Politics… the Judicial System… wait we still have those?? Seriously though, it’s all about money these days. If you have the money you can have anything. If you don’t you get a real sentence… It’s ridiculous.

  227. Carol says:

    This a awesome giveaway, i would be overjoyed if i win.

  228. stacy hancock says:

    wow, i’m really surprised! hopefully some backlash by the public helps stop this nonsense!

  229. Andrew L. says:

    Hmm, interesting..I bet there are even more then that many.

  230. april yedinak says:

    It is ridiculous that not only to do people do this, but that other people let them get away with it.

  231. Alyson L says:

    Sadly, not surprised.

  232. kaitlin says:

    Very informative.. I dislike politics lol

  233. Stephanie Thompson (Free) says:

    Seems to me that the judicial systems all over the world are so messed up and decisions are making no since to me. It is very serious.

  234. Amber H says:

    Thats very sad. Thanks for the info though.

  235. peter chao says:

    It is unclear, but what was the 2nd point?

  236. Holly T says:

    This corruption is sad and scary!

  237. It’s crazy but when you think about it all boils down to a couple of things. Why people are allowing it to happen ? I dont know.

  238. Linda S. says:

    Everything is sold to the highest bidder, starting with the elections… no surprise that the system is broken!

  239. Cyndi N says:

    Sad. Justice no longer holds its meaning. So many cases lately of injustice being served.

  240. Crystal W says:

    I don’t mind if cases are overturned if new evidence comes to light that changes the verdict. What I do mind is the reversals that only come from the person being rich or well-connected in politics (which sounds like to me is what happened here)

  241. Terry says:

    Thanks for posting this – very informative and thought provoking!

  242. Linda Z says:

    I am so glad you are here!!

  243. Kristen DiGiacomo says:

    Im not surprised and that is sad to say… Most of us have lost faith in the Judicial System. Its amazing to hear about criminals that walk on charges when there is more than enough proof to lock them up for years and then you have cases where the punishment does not fit the crime (if one is even committed). This is just ridiculous! I am sorry to hear the the system has failed once again…

  244. KTY says:

    I have very little faith in the judicial system as people use loopholes in the laws to go around the system.

  245. The justice system is complicated…there are definitely times when it’s better to plead guilty to something you didn’t do than to risk losing in court.

  246. Amanda Greene-Lebeck says:

    This is so crazy I dont even know what to think…..

  247. Natalie says:

    Unfortunately, anytime people get a taste of power, they seek to gain more power, or to hold on to the power they have. Greed and power are strong motivators in politics and our Judicial system. I have seen the injustice of a great mom losing her 2 year old daughter to a lying Narcissistic husband by a sneaky,conniving lawyer and a biased judge during a divorce. SO wrong! So Unfair.

  248. Tina says:

    This is a sad sad issue. Things really need to change. Money talks and B.S. walks. Thanks for the post. Have a great day!!!

  249. RUTH RYAN says:

    IT IS ALL POLITICS AND MONEY IS WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO AND IT SHOULNT BE THAT WAY .OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN TOO FOR THE SAME REASONS IF THEY ARE NOT CROOKED BEFORE THEY GET IN THEY SOON ARE . NONE ARE FOR THE PEOPLE ANYMORE OR IF THEY EVER WERE WHO KNOWS

  250. dinil says:

    corruption should be dealt accordingly

  251. verydeep1 says:

    very intereting and scary stuff..but I believe that 1 day there will be a massive clean up.

  252. Trev K says:

    Good read! Glad I did!

  253. Rick says:

    The US has the best Judges and Politicians money can buy.

  254. Mel Caluag says:

    I must say this is pretty scary. The Judicial System is there to enforce order in an “orderly society”. What does that say about the society when the system itself is out of order.

  255. jessica richards says:

    you have to get a goood layer to really get anywhere

  256. Ashia Austin says:

    This is such as shame. There needs to be some real changes in the judicial system

  257. Karen Propes says:

    Thank you for sharing, so more people know

  258. Rachael says:

    It’s sad when true justice does not happen

  259. yeah it is yet another controversial flip flopping case in the judicial system. I think in almost all areas in the government and politics it is all full of graft and corruption.

  260. Christina Strapp says:

    This doesn’t really surprise me. I don’t have much faith in the Judicial System.

  261. sad that things are this way everyday

  262. Michael W Perkins says:

    All we have to count on is the rule of Law, once society cannot count on law to be enforced, or that it is selectively meted out, anarchy is soon to follow.

  263. Priscilla says:

    I hadn’t heard about this. Can’t say I’m all that surprised.

  264. TxdoHawk says:

    What a shame…:/

  265. sarah p says:

    I think its long overdue for the people to actually do something to make a change. The judicial system in most countries is in need of a complete overhaul with outdated, ridiculous laws and not laws that serve our everchanging societies.

  266. kris says:

    so said that it has become this

  267. Colleen Boudreau says:

    Great article, very informative!

  268. Scary to not be able to have faith in the judicial system!

  269. We put our faith in the judicial system but there are so many hoops and loopholes that can be jumped through. Flip flopping is worrisome too.

  270. Carlos S says:

    I think the judicial system is corrut everywhere, and for the people without money or influence is the worst thing that could happen cause they simply lock you up and forgget about you.

  271. This is discusting and sad. However, I am not surprised and I believe we are going to see more of this in our future. It is a sad day and days to come that we live in. What ever happened to the good ole days and in “God WE TRUST.”

  272. nomnom says:

    i dont believe there is even a system anymore

  273. Barbara Calder says:

    Isn’t that why it is called JUST US?

  274. Heather Diotte says:

    Not surprised because nowadays the mighty buck rules all!

  275. Katherine says:

    Sad and not surprising….

  276. Amber Schroyer says:

    What a shame.

  277. sad to say but true that this case is expected in politics:(

  278. Mitzi Fisher says:

    winningisfun0@gmail.com

    This is just horrible 🙁

  279. Renee' Harris says:

    It’s really sad but not surprising at all.

  280. Michelle S says:

    Judges act to save their jobs, and to save the courts money.

  281. Michael Lambert says:

    This doesn’t surprise me. We will have to see what the future holds.

  282. I guess I’d have to know more about the case before forming an opinion. I’m not at all familiar with this case. I may Google it tonight and do some digging. You’ve sparked my curiousity! Thanks for sharing. 😀

  283. Everybody says. if they aren’t corrupt when they get in office, or become a judge they are very quick. The payoffs are too good. Am I shocked? No I’m not, I know someone who had to get tickets to a pro football game for all the judges in a certain courthouse. He got off scott free too.

  284. connie moore says:

    it’s sad that’s how it seems to work..these days

  285. Andrew says:

    The justice system is only as good as those who uphold it.

  286. Brenda Leon says:

    When stuff like this happens it makes people totally lose faith in our judicial system. I wonder also what else they will change!

  287. Jayme Hennessy says:

    I feel that if everyone did a little research on all political matters and not just rely on the mass media for their information, than a lot of blinders would come off and things would be revealed. Too many people are satisfied with just being told the smidgens of truth that come from media outlets.

  288. Lily Kwan says:

    It’s scary to hear things like this happening. =(

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