"Concepts of justice
must have hands and feet
or they remain sterile abstractions.
The hands and feet we need
are efficient means and methods
to carry out justice in every case
in the shortest possible time
and at the lowest possible cost."
Justice Warren E. Burger
(1907-1995) Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986)
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Knowing full well that Burger's concepts of justice requires a brutalizing army (local police to active military) to inflict his version of efficient means and methods in the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible cost means the here referenced justice has nothing to do with natural law, fair, or that which is right.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Even without knowing the context in which these words were spoken or written, Burger's yearning for the expediency of the guillotine seems evident. Such is an unfortunate attitude shared by too many of the Ruling Class. Ordinary prisoners in the world's #1 prison state are treated like animals because that's exactly what the rulers consider them to be. How ironic that theirs is the instinctual response of an animal, a vicious one at that, effectively cloaked by an empty guise of "justice."
     -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
    Well said, Mann.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- warren, olathe     
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