The Judicial Branch of the United States government is an extremely important factor in the success of today’s society, without it, society would have no standard of order and things would be completely and utterly chaotic! As a matter of fact no country would be complete without a Judicial Branch or some type of government in place because it is mandatory in the successful and smooth running of a civilized society. As Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher, once stated, “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” What is the Judicial Branch? The general purpose of the judicial branch is to hear cases, interpret federal law, including the Constitution, and administer fair justice to all United States Citizens. The Judicial Branch consists of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts. In the majority of cases the Judicial Branch administers fair justice to all, after all, the law requires it to, and the National Pledge of Allegiance promises that the United States is “…One Nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” Sadly, there have been some cases passed through the judicial system in which the involved parties did not receive fair justice. Usually, in these rare cases, the court decision is unfairly and or negatively influenced by other factors. More specifically, some judicial rulings have been affected for the worse by the participating parties’ power, socioeconomic status, and/or money.
John Grisham in his legal thriller, The Pelican Brief, gives a fictional, yet realistic example of how a government official used his power to influence the Judicial System. Basically two Supreme Court justices were murdered and no one knew why or who did it. A law student named Darby Shaw writes a brief about who she suspects is the killer and in the long run, she
Cited: 1. http://www.tourolaw.edu/patch/Scott/. 2. The Pelican Brief Grisham, John 3. http://tempknak.home.att.gov/RITC.html 4. United States Constitution Bill of Rights (http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html)