A verdict can affect a life, even a lifetime and that’s why it’s such an arduous task.
Since the formulation of laws, the goal has been to achieve fairness in “crime and punishment.” The more severe the crime, the harsher the sentence, to conform to the principle of proportionality. The lighter the sentence for a serious crime, and it would seem that the criminal was let off easy; likewise the heavier the sentence for a lesser crime, the more the criminal is wronged. The lighter the sentence for a serious crime, the This is the work of God’s judgment being done by man.
Man is not a god and in order to achieve ” Don’t wrong the good man, and don’t condone the bad criminal,” one has to be careful about every detail of the crime. This is why modern justice has invented various standards for measuring the severity of crimes and tools for investigating the crime. For example, sending a criminal to the hospital to determine his or her mental state at the time of the crime or taking DNA tests and polygraphs, are all criteria used by judges to determine the severity of a sentence.
However, no matter how accurate the instruments are and how detailed the investigation is, people are still human beings and do not have the power of God to restore the truth 100% and to always judge rewards and punishments fairly. Therefore, the courtroom is always full of various perspectives and controversies, and a court is still a place where people’s grudges and feuds meet.
As a veteran journalist, Liu Chun-Ku writes about the 12 stories he has witnessed in the courts, all of which are real-life cases that happened in the courts and prosecutors’ offices. In addition to writing about their failures in life, crimes and exonerations, he also writes about their cowardice and courage when they testify and face the test of conscience, and reflects on the positive and negative impact of media coverage of the subjects. In particular, is it within the public’s right to know about the person’s privacy?