I have promised a reader, avatar, that I will write something on the movie Avatar. But on checking the net, there are already so many good reviews of the show, so I thought instead i will write something on another show ” A law abiding citizen”.
This is also dedicated to reader ‘Leong’ who gave us the link to an article on a late Federal court judge who passed away just a few days ago. I would not want to pass any judgement on this person, since by doing so , invariably I will cross the line over to politics. I will touch on the social responsibility of those trained in law to answer to their own conscience.
For those who have yet to see avatar, it is worth paying $18 to see the 3 D version, a very nice show with good meaning too.(It has gone past the US 1 billion dollar box office mark world wide and still counting)
” Law abiding citizen’ is about a show where justice , as human kinds know it and long for it, is denied. When justice is denied , serious consequences can happen, and in this show, did happen.
The show is about an engineer, Clyde Sheldon, who lost both is wife and his young daughter during a ‘break in’ by 2 guys. The 2 guys were subsequently caught, but the main criminal Darby who killed the wife and the daughter got a very good lawyer who bargained and traded with the prosecutor in charge of the case, Nick, that he would agree to a lesser charge and be jailed for a few years instead of being charged for murder.
Nick agreed to the bargain, in order to maintain his own high conviction rate of 99%, and disregard Clyde’s plea for justice. SO while the lesser criminal, Ames, was sentenced to death by injection, the main guy Darby was only convicted for 3 years.
Nick has the cheek to tell the victim, Clyde , that “it is not what we know but what can be proven in court”, and claimed that he agreed to the bargain because he was not sure that he could convict Darby for murder. He claimed that this is how justice works.
Ten years late, Clyde took justice into his own hand, and plotted to kill successfully the main criminal Darby (who died a very gruesome death), and went into jail for that.
Even in jail, he successfully carried out executions of those involved in the case. So the DA, the lawyer, the judge and all those who are involved in denying justice to him, except Nick, were killed by Clyde through very ingenious way ( I would not go into the details; it is worth buying a DVD to watch yourself).
In the end, Nick confronted Clyde in prison and took law into his own hand to kill Clyde, after admitting that he would no longer made deals with murderer (finally seeing the light,perhaps).
This show is about Justice denied.
Denying justice to aggrieved parties can be very dangerous. Clyde said that had Nick tried to convict Darby for murder and failed , he would understand; but he could not understand why the need to bargain trade with a real murderer whom he saw with is own eyes killing his wife and daughter.
The little men like you and me , if something happens to us, for example , robbery and character assassination, the only justice that we can seek is through the channel of justice as we know it — get a lawyer, go to court and appear before the judges.
Lawyers therefore play a very important role. If they know a person is guilty and yet they choose to defend him , then it is not only against the law of justice, but probably against their own conscience as well.
I believe that in these cases, there will probably be a higher law which is totally just and which will be dispensed once we go back and face our creator.