You can’t treat justice as a sacred cow

“Sacred cows” is the equivalent English idiom for the Dutch saying
“Heilige huisjes.”

It conveys the same meaning of referring to things that are considered untouchable or not to be criticized.

Sacred cow

noun [ C ]   disapproving

A belief, custom, etc. that people support and do not question or criticize:

They did not dare to challenge the sacred cow of parliamentary democracy.

Cambridge Dictionary

A custom, system, etc. that has existed for a long time and that many people think should not be questioned or criticized.

The sacred cow of free market economics.

Oxford Dictioanry

Strauss-Kahn released from house arrest

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2 jul 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, has been released from house arrest in the sexual assault case against him.

The French politician appeared briefly in a New York courtroom on Friday after reports that prosecutors had grave doubts about the credibility of Strauss-Kahn’s accuser.

Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner reports from New York.

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The cross-examination by Ben Brafman of a 32-year-old chambermaid who never went to school, couldn’t read or write, about her immigration, and so on… 

Elements that are irrelevant concerning the alleged sexual abuse by DSK.

By the way, DSK maintains a very questionable lifestyle in this regard. It is clearly a step too far.

Furthermore, the use of private detectives to delve into her life is not permissible to undermine her credibility.

Benjamin Brafman, a top lawyer in New York, puts the chambermaid in impossible circumstances. It’s like a false confession, where innocent people are put in trouble during questioning until they break and confess to something they didn’t do.

Benjamin Brafman (born July 21, 1948) is an American criminal defense attorney and founder of the Manhattan-based law firm Brafman & Associates. Brafman is known for representing many high-profile defendants, including celebrities, accused Mafia members, and political figures.

The idiom “Sacred cows” refers to ideas, beliefs, institutions, or practices that are regarded as too important, valuable, or untouchable to be questioned, criticized, or challenged. Here are the key points associated with this idiom:

  1. Untouchable Beliefs or Traditions: The term is often used to describe long-standing beliefs, traditions, or practices that are considered sacrosanct or beyond criticism within a particular culture, organization, or society.

  2. Resistance to Change or Criticism: “Sacred cows” are resistant to change or critique. People may avoid questioning them due to fear of backlash, societal norms, or cultural taboos.

  3. Protection of Sacred Ideas: The idiom implies that certain beliefs or concepts are protected like sacred cows, and challenging them is akin to questioning a deeply held belief or principle.

  4. Challenging the Status Quo: Challenging sacred cows may be necessary for progress, innovation, or social change. However, doing so can be difficult because these ideas are often deeply ingrained and protected.

  5. Metaphorical Interpretation: The phrase originated from the veneration of cows in some cultures, where cows are considered sacred and not to be harmed. In a broader sense, it metaphorically represents any idea or entity that is considered inviolable.

  6. Open-Mindedness and Critical Thinking: Encourages individuals and society to be open-minded and engage in critical thinking, questioning established norms, beliefs, or practices to ensure growth and improvement.

Understanding and challenging “sacred cows” is essential for progress, adaptation to changing circumstances, and promoting a more open, flexible, and informed society.

1 Why I Care About Criminal Injustice | Jason Flom | TEDxLuziraPrison

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Jason Flom describes his journey from being a wannabe Jimi Hendrix to music industry mogul and from a drug addicted college dropout to a pioneer in criminal justice reform. On January 31st, 1992, he read an article in the newspaper that set him on a mission to end mass incarceration. He has spent over 25 years working to free the innocent, reform the bail system, eliminate mandatory sentencing, abolish the death penalty and end the war on drugs. In this personal and inspiring talk, Flom recounts his journey and powerfully reminds us that we can all make a difference. Jason Flom is the Founder & CEO of Lava Media, and Founding Board Member at The Innocence Project. Jason Flom is the Founder and CEO of Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing. Flom previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records, and Capitol Music Group and is personally responsible for discovering superstars such as Katy Perry, Lorde, and Kid Rock. He is the founding board member of the Innocence Project and serves on the boards of several other criminal justice reform organizations including Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Drug Policy Alliance, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition and NYU Prison Education Program. Jason Flom is the host of the hit podcast, Wrongful Conviction, which features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

2 When Police Corruption Puts An Innocent Man Behind Bars | Innocence Network | Real Crime

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In Brooklyn in 1988, a Vietnam veteran, Barry Gibbs, is convicted of the murder of a sex worker after an eyewitness names him as the woman’s killer; the veteran does not understand the conviction or how he came to be involved in the case at all.

3 Music mogul works to help free the wrongfully convicted

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CEO of Lava Records Jason Flom, who helped launch Katy Perry’s career, has another existence away from Hollywood, which he talks about on his “Wrongful Conviction” podcast.

4 Skunk Hat Prank

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Crazy man has a live skunk for a hat. Who will be the first one to get sprayed? A presentation of the Just For Laughs Gags. The funny hidden camera pranks show for the whole family. Juste pour rire les gags, l’émission de caméra caché la plus comique de la télé!