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´╗┐Instructor: Jennafer Alexander English 3100 15 October 2012 When we are young, most of us are somewhat naive. We are taught that good will always triumph over evil. A courthouse is the forum where the evils of the world should be dealt with. But, in reality, this is seldom the case. The county courthouse looks like a typical courthouse. The courthouse itself looks like a place where justice is served. It is a Romanesque building, three stories high, with robust Corinthian columns in the front. The ivy growing up one side of the building . The green grass in the courtyard is immaculately kept. The United States flag flies high above the building sharply snapping back and forth in the wind. Etched in stone on the front wall of the courthouse are the words "truth, justice, and liberty." This is a place where one should feel truly safe. ...read more.


She seems to be getting more upset by the second. Her fists were balled up, and the quiet contempt that graced her countenance was so smoldering that I was surprised steam wasn?t billowing from her ears. The woman finally erupts, yelling so that she can be heard two blocks away. Her ex-husband has not paid her child support in a month, and she cannot buy diapers for her baby. The clerk tells her that nobody can do anything about it until he is six months behind in his support. After five more minutes of intense back and forth arguing, the young lady, now engulfed in tears, leaves. The clerk shrugs and turns around. The eerie silence that follows is almost deafening as my mind races to comprehend the injustice I had just witnessed that ultimately is the opposite of the lawfulness that is supposed to be. ...read more.


The man assures the judge that he will not be back. With the bang of a gavel, the judge gives him a five dollar fine, plus court costs. The man stumbles out of the courtroom already looking half drunk again. As he staggers past me, the lingering odor of liquor and urine washes over me. If I had any doubt about his sobriety, his drunkenness was confirmed when he let out an earth-shaking belch. So much for steering clear of the courtroom. As I walk out of the courtroom, the courthouse seems colder than ever. Not the bitter iciness of winter, but rather the chill that can only be attained by the threat of something or someone lurking in the shadows. It makes gooseflesh spring up on my arms. The idea that is not a place where truth, justice, and liberty prevail was lurking in the shadows. It is a place of tragedy. A place where innocent people suffer because of the system, and where guilty people walk free because of it. ...read more.

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