I’ve had an eye opening revelation that has changed my belief in the American justice system. I used to believe that the justice system generally works well and justice is served. Well, there is a young man I know for whom this has not been the case. As a result of a false accusation by a former spouse his life has been put on hold for at least seven years. His reputation has been defamed and the judicial process has gone on well beyond the legal definition of a ‘speedy trial.’ From the very beginning the case was mishandled. the investigation into the allegation was done by detectives as though they automatically assumed his guilt. The prosecution held onto the case without discovery of any reliable evidence to prove his guilt. After years of status hearings and monthly visits to a pretrial officer a judge finally gave the prosecution an ultimatum to produce the discovery of evidence and a witness list to the defense. None of the witnesses from the investigating detectives to the alleged victim can be found and the judge has dismissed all of the prosecutions witnesses. They do not have a case. The defense has boxes and boxes of evidence proving the young mans innocence and the prosecution has never been able to turn over their evidence. So now he just waiting for a case dismissal to go through. The thing is, his case is not the only one. In that particular state there are tens of thousands of cases back logged. There are so many that the courts have had to take drastic measures to clear the back logged courts. Many of those cases will be dismissed out of hand without ever going to trial. How many of those are like the young man I know who are innocent and have their lives put on hold and how many are truly guilty of a crime for which they will never face punishment? Is there any justice in either of these situations? I think not.