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Is the Supreme Court seeking revenge or administering justice?

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Comment: But Kofi Ata, your arguments are legal!

Author:
KA
Date:
2016-07-31 10:56:12
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Is the Supreme Court Seeking Revenge or Administer

Kofi Ata, why do you say you were not going to make legal arguments and then went on directly to make legal arguments? I can hardly find the non-legal aspects of your argument. Are you trying to pre-empt accusations that you are not a lawyer and should not make legal arguments?

There is no need for you to fear that. You don't have to pass law exams and be called to the bar before you can argue the legal aspects of a case on ghanaweb. Your own wide experience of the law and wide reading and contact with legal issues more than give you the right to make legal arguments on such a case before the public and the court of ghanaweb readers. And you have shown that by all the legal Latin terminologies you arraign here. Why chicken out?

In trying to argue that the SC was its own prosecutor and judge, you termed the judgement a victors' justice and compared it to the Nuremberg trials, Rwanda and Erdogan's antics. I think you may have over-done the comparison. A victor's justice must, necessarily, be one that is administered by the party that emerges victorious from a previous tussle. Such is not the case here.

If you had wanted to really make a non-legal argument, your example may have been taken from Hannah Arendt's examination of the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem in 1962. The strength of her argument was not based on the legal issues involved but the general philosophical issues of a show trial that still left out the revealing of the banality of evil. It was not a strictly legal argument.

Anyway, I think you wanted to say "Judges should be respected NOT feared". It came out as "Judges should be respected and feared" - last sentence in the fourth to last paragraph. Huh?

Why should anybody fear judges? Except in Ghana where we give UNDUE respect to people in authority - even those using their authority to screw us.

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KA on Jul 31, 2016 10:56
But Kofi Ata, your arguments are legal!
Kwaku Azar on Jul 31, 2016 15:26