For whom the bell tolls

Quotes from The Virginia School.

Strident libertarian-cum-crim professor and criminal defense attorney talking about how we put such a huge number of practically-innocent people away, to the equally-enormous detriment of The System:

“This happens time and again. I will get a call in the middle of the night from the defendant’s wife. And she always asks the same question:

Why is my husband locked up, for so many years, after not having done practically anything wrong?

And I’m harsh with these women, because I understand the system. I always tell the wives:

Your husband did do something wrong. He sat back and failed to fight this broken system when he had the chance. He complacently watched a broken system flounder. And so now it’s all come around, and now we know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for him.”

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