With Australian television drowning in American crime and legal fiction, Washington-based correspondent Mark Simkin offers a reality check on the flaws in the American justice system that can lead to death row.
Reporter: Mark Simkin
Network: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Transcript begins: “Hello and welcome to Foreign Correspondent. I’m Mark Simkin outside the Supreme court in Washington. Since moving here I’ve covered my fair share of crazy court cases: the Micheal Jackson trial, the Paris Hilton saga, the case where a judge sued his dry cleaners for $64 million dollars because they lost his pants. But the biggest problem with American justice is the least discussed … the words ‘equal justice under law’ are etched on the court behind me but that notion is a myth. The rich get the best justice money can buy … but the poor … they tend to get executed”
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