1 In the criminal world feudalism is still flourishing. The Mafia Hells Angels Bandidos warlords of Afghanistan or Somalia are

1) In the criminal world, feudalism is still flourishing. The Mafia, Hell’s Angels, Bandidos, warlords of Afghanistan, or Somalia are feudal organizations having dominion over a piece of land forcing everyone they can by intimidation to pay tribute (Neubauer & Fradella, 2009).
In many ways, feudal structures are also the basic organization of companies. Most have the hierarchical feudal chain of command built of loyalty and trust, but as long you don’t live in a country like Bangladesh or Burma you’re as an employee, not bound to the production by force of law.

While in the U.S, no one is yet using the word feudal specifically, the case could be made that the intent of plutocratic billionaires, and the direction the country is moving. The richest 85 people have wealth equal to half of that of the world’s population. Politicians believe that big business is their constituency, laws are written that favor only their interests, workers have considered themselves confined by the laws of any one country for purposes of taxes or regulations. Debt enslavement is the modern form of feudalism (Neubauer & Fradella, 2009).
Ordinary people own homes, which is mostly debt, whereas the majority equity of the homes is owned by the lender. This is like feudalism where peasants lived on the lord’s land and gave home a portion of their produce.

The largest of the privileged individuals, in my opinion, are the professional athletes. When athletes are implicated in criminal acts or arrested, the incidents may not result in the jail or prison time that ordinary citizens involved in comparable situations might expect. In more mundane cases, popular athletes may be processed quickly through the court system. For example, when gifted baseball player Barry Bonds appeared in county court in 1994 to petition to have his family support payments reduced, the judge granted his request and subsequently asked for Bond’s autograph (Pearlman, 2009). It is this type of incident that has led people, in settings as varied as dinner tables, barbershops, taverns, or talk-radio shows, to speculate that athletes receive preferential treatment from the criminal justice system.

In addition, high-profile athletes can afford to spend large sums of money to settle cases out of court and thus may avoid prosecution and jail time. Before Mike Tyson’s trial for rape began, the victim, Desiree Washington, was offered $1 million to drop the charges and settle the case privately. Although Washington declined the offer, other victims may accept, thus helping wealthy athletes escape criminal prosecution (Dougan, 1996). Furthermore, when athletes are required to appear in court, court dates may be delayed several months to allow players to continue to participate in their athletic endeavors. And since athletes often benefit from access to high-priced attorneys and legal defense teams, it is reasonable to suggest that they have unusual advantages when dealing with the judicial system.

It is instances such as the ones I have described that keep Feudalism alive. It may be called a different name today or described differently, but in the end, it’s still the same. As the ole’ saying goes, the power goes down and the money goes up. With this mentality of existence, the rich and powerful will continue to gain at others expense.
2)
Feudal law favored the rich and powerful a great deal.
Ninth-century Britain was the dawn of feudalism (Mays & Winfree, 2009).
Under this system, punishments had various monetary values in the form of botes, of which the king collected and kept for himself (Mays & Winfree, 2009).
The monetary value placed on a punishment depended upon the status of the victim, i.e. slaves were worth the least and the king was worth the most (Mays & Winfree, 2009).
Crimes witnessed by or committed against the king or his court was punishable by death (Mays & Winfree, 2009).

This system may sound absurd.
However, our criminal justice system still operates in this manner.
I, personally, believe today’s system operates in favor of the wealthy.
The more money one has, the better defense they can afford.
We have all seen/read stories of celebrities who were either acquitted or given relatively minor punishments.

Moreover, those who are unable to afford an attorney receive very little, if any, defense.
Public defenders/private court appointed attorneys have massive caseloads (Factor, 2017).
It is virtually impossible for a lawyer in charge of all, or most all, the city’s/county’s indigent defenses to represent them well.
In fact, most of these defendants are underrepresented, i.e. denied their right to effective counsel, which is difficult to prove during the appeals process (Factor, 2017).
Therefore, greatly increasing the chance of a wrongful conviction for these individuals (Factor, 2017).

Furthermore, the pay for indigent defenders is remarkably low.
The state of Tennessee has allotted an hourly rate of forty dollars for these attorneys (Deaner, 2018).
Plus, many of
these defenders do not receive their full pay due to the strict criteria for payment (Deaner, 2018).
This coupled with unbearable caseloads is the reason as to why many public defenders advise their clients to enter a guilty plea, even if the defendant is innocent or has an intellectual disability (Deaner, 2018).
Therefore, making it extremely difficult for poor individuals to avoid a jail/prison sentence.

In conclusion, everyone deserves a fair trial and adequate representation.
This includes offenders guilty of horrendous crimes.
An individual should not suffer just because they are poor.
I believe all offenders/the accused, regardless of their socioeconomic status, should be punished or acquitted accordingly.
After all, criminals can be in any form.

 

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