The Justice Paradox

Fairness is what justice really is

Law is derived from logic and experience.
It has rules to govern its application, penalties for its violation, and remedies for those aggrieved. 

Yet it tends to be slow, unpredictable, unnecessarily complicated at times, and selectively enforced at others.
And then there are the paradoxes that make law even more enigmatic.

Lady Justice represents fairness:
she is carrying scales that represent balance in all things.
she is blindfolded in order to be fair to EVERYONE.
she has a sword to defend everyone’s rights.

Some key points associated with natural law theory are:

  • It assumes that there is an objective, natural order to the universe that can be discovered through reason and observation.
  • It suggests that certain actions are inherently right or wrong based on their conformity to this natural order.
  • It often emphasizes the importance of individual rights and freedoms as a reflection of the natural order of things.

Justice does things that are completely absurd.

It is something to worry about.

It is why this website is under construction.

An endless string of people in pain and horror behind bars,

 because justice is not working.

Even children, like The Central Five,

just 14 years old, innocent in prison.

It was abhorrent and it shouldn’t have happened.

Even on the electric chair,

like George Stinney, a boy only 14.

Such a thing is incomprehensible.

Een paradox is een uitspraak die niet overeenstemt met de gangbare mening.
A paradox is a statement that disagrees with common opinion.

A statement that seems to contradict itself, but reveals a deeper truth through its contradiction.


Where there is no law, there is no freedom (John Locke)
Cowards die many times before their deaths (Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar)


a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics
a statement or situation that may be true but seems impossible or difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

Cambridge Dictionary

A paradox is a statement or situation that appears to be self-contradictory or absurd but may, in fact, be true. The key points of a paradox include:

  1. Contradiction: A paradox involves a contradiction or a conflict between two or more ideas, concepts, or statements.

  2. Apparent truth: A paradox often appears to be true or logical, despite the contradiction it contains.

  3. Surprise: A paradox can be surprising or unexpected, as it challenges our assumptions or common sense.

  4. Irony: Paradoxes can be ironic because they often involve a reversal of expectations or outcomes.

  5. Resolving the contradiction: A paradox can be resolved by finding a deeper truth or a different perspective that reconciles the apparent contradiction.

  6. Philosophical value: Paradoxes often have philosophical significance, as they can shed light on fundamental questions about reality, knowledge, and human nature.

Overall, a paradox can be a powerful tool for exploring complex ideas, challenging assumptions, and deepening our understanding of the world around us.

“The Justice Paradox” is a book written by Joshua Greene, a philosopher and cognitive scientist, that explores the challenges and complexities of moral decision-making and justice from a cognitive and psychological perspective. Some key points of “The Justice Paradox” include:

  1. Dual Process Theory: Greene proposes that moral decision-making involves two cognitive processes – a fast, automatic, emotional process (referred to as “Type 1”) and a slow, deliberative, reasoning process (referred to as “Type 2”). He argues that these two processes often conflict with each other, leading to moral dilemmas and paradoxes.

  2. Moral Dilemmas: Greene uses moral dilemmas, such as the famous trolley problem, to illustrate how our moral intuitions can vary depending on the framing of the situation and the emotional responses triggered by different scenarios. He suggests that our intuitions are often guided by emotional reactions, rather than logical reasoning.

  3. Moral Tribalism: Greene discusses how moral decision-making is often influenced by social and tribal factors, such as group identity, political affiliation, and cultural norms. He argues that our moral judgments are often biased and shaped by our social context, leading to conflicts and contradictions in our sense of justice.

  4. Utilitarianism vs. Deontology: Greene explores the tension between utilitarianism, which emphasizes the greatest good for the greatest number of people, and deontology, which emphasizes moral rules and duties regardless of the consequences. He suggests that these two moral frameworks often clash, creating moral dilemmas and paradoxes.

  5. Neuroscience and Moral Decision-making: Greene draws on insights from neuroscience to understand how the brain processes moral information and how emotions, intuitions, and reasoning interact in moral decision-making. He argues that understanding the neural mechanisms underlying moral judgments can shed light on the nature of justice and moral paradoxes.

  6. Practical Implications: Greene discusses the implications of his research for practical issues such as criminal justice, political decision-making, and moral education. He suggests that a deeper understanding of the cognitive and psychological processes underlying moral decision-making can inform policy and help us navigate the complexities of justice in a more nuanced and informed way.

Overall, “The Justice Paradox” challenges traditional notions of justice and morality, and explores the complexities and contradictions inherent in our moral decision-making processes, shedding light on the interplay between emotions, intuitions, reasoning, and social factors in shaping our sense of justice.

1 Fouten bij justitie, wie controleert het Openbaar Ministerie?

11 nov. 2019

Het Openbaar Ministerie heeft een belangrijke taak in de maatschappij: het brengt verdachten van strafbare feiten voor de rechter. Maar als het Openbaar Ministerie zélf fouten maakt, kan dat grote gevolgen hebben, want mensen kunnen onschuldig vast komen te zitten. Kan het Openbaar Ministerie ongestraft de regels overtreden? Ingewijden maken zich zorgen en zien een lacune in het toezicht.
ZEMBLA onderzoekt: wie controleert het Openbaar Ministerie? Lees meer:…
At minute 21: rechten van verdachte zijn niet gewaarborgd, men wil veroordelen, de verdachte wordt vervolgt, er is geen zelfreinigend vermogen
At minute 25:30: Een meinedig proces-verbaal

2 The Dark Side of UK Justice – Miscarriage of Justice

12 jun. 2020

The reality behind the unfair UK Justice.
How easily lives ruined.
Miscarriages of justice: When the innocent man gets sent to prison.
We pride ourselves on our upstanding legal system in Britain. Yet many times the same system has got it wrong, and an innocent person has been wrongly imprisoned (or worse lost their life) for a crime they did not commit.


3 Japan: Guilty Until Proven Innocent | 101 East

6 okt. 2016

Japan is famous for having one of the safest societies in the world, with exceptionally low levels of crime.
But does this clean image hide a darker side?
The country’s criminal courts have almost a 100 percent conviction rate.
But justice in Japan relies on confessions, and police and prosecutors have been accused of abusing their authority.
With advances in forensic and DNA technology, an increasing number of wrongful convictions are coming to light, proving that innocent people have been imprisoned, sometimes for life.
101 East asks: Is justice being served in Japan?

4 How Bad Lawyers Get Rich Off People in Houston Jails

15 feb. 2021

‘It makes me feel like they’re playing a game with us’ — Some incarcerated people in Houston wait in jail for years, only to get poor representation from ‘terrible lawyers.’ Here’s how the situation got so bad.

5 Peter’s journey through our broken criminal justice system

29 jan. 2019

Our video tells the story of poor Peter, a nurse, who is on a night out with friends when a fight breaks out. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit he has a nightmare journey through our broken criminal justice system.
Due to many years of underfunding our criminal justice system is crumbling. Things are going wrong at every level and every stage. It has become a distressing journey for victims, the accused, solicitors, barristers, court staff, judges. Write to the Lord Chancellor now to tell him to take action…

M.a.w. dit is de  justitie paradox vernoemd in punt 2 

6 Granny Catapulted In The Garbage

27 mrt. 2015

Filmed in Montreal, Quebec