Power to the People: How the Masses Can influence the Court Rulings

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Judge Judy is one of those names that has become synonymous with the court of law, at least when it comes to American television. However, she isn’t the only one who has crossed over into television from the courtroom.

Lawyers such as Gloria Allred, who represented the family of Nicole Brown Simpson; David Boies, who represented Al Gore in Bush v. Gore as well as counts Michael Moore as one of his clients; as well as Mark Geragos who represented Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder as well as Chris Brown, have the name recall like that of a celebrity.

There are also famous people who went to law school. Maybe one wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Nelson Mandela as well as Mahatma Gandhi studied law, but actors Gerard Butler as well as Jerry O’Connell, as well as talk show host Jerry Springer, have broken the stereotype of what is considered lawyerly as they too entered law school.

The power of people

Certainly, we have seen many people affect change by example, by silent protest, by hunger strike or simply sitting down and fighting for their right to be alive as well as equal to all. These people have become celebrities due to their acts of heroism as well as patriotism.

Then there are celebrities, no less noble, who bring light and attention to causes using their fame: people like George Clooney fighting for human rights, Leonardo Di Caprio championing the environment, as well as Angelina Jolie standing up for women, children, as well as refugees.

Recently, Kim Kardashian has expressed her desire to become a lawyer. A declaration that comes at the heels of her successful appeal for Alice Marie Johnson. Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence.

She was sentenced 21 years in prison after being convicted of attempted possession of cocaine and was said to have been a first-time nonviolent drug offender at the time of her arrest. Johnson was in her sixties by the time she was released.

When authorities listen

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During Mother’s Day, several women were also given a chance to leave jail and come home to their families, even for a day. Racial justice groups worked nearly 24/7 in order to raise awareness of the plight of these women.

Black Mama’s Bail Out Day has for the third year in a row raised money to bail out as many black women as they can from jail and raise the issue of with what the group deems as the injustice of cash bail.

In 2018, Utah rolled out a tool that would give judges access to information on the accused and allow them to set bail based on risk. With the help of bail bonds, suspects in Salt Lake City, St. George, Ogden, Provo and the like will benefit from the new system.

Utah’s state court administrator Rick Schwermer told The Salt Lake Tribune through a spokesperson that he was pleased judges would be given access to risk as well as criminal history information when making decisions on bail.

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