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Too civilized?

March 31, 2011 - Blaine Hyska
Call it what you want, Pakistan’s legal system seems honest in at least one respect.

Bear with me, here.

Not too long ago, an American CIA contractor apparently killed two Pakistani men.

One would assume that there would be an international crisis, public outcry, massive demonstrations, protests, et cetera, et cetera.

That’s not the case in Pakistan, however. They’ve got the “blood money” system. If you have enough money, you can go free.

A lawyer for the families of the victims said the mens’ 19 relatives appeared in court recently and accepted some $2.34 million, presumably from the U.S.

The CIA contractor — Raymond Davis — was then acquitted.

"They (the family members) were ready to accept the blood money deal without pressure and would have no objection if the court acquitted Raymond Davis," said Pakistani attorney Raja Irshad.

Once they all testified, Davis was a free man.

A U.S. official confirmed to The Associated Press that Davis was released, but declined to comment on the “blood money.”

Is the U.S. that different?

Observing the legal wranglings of O.J. Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson, Wall Street bankers, et cetera, it seems we have a similar system.

If you’ve got enough money, you can avoid jail.

We’re just too “civilized” to say so.



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