The evil that men do lives after them. . .


Quite often, justice is depicted as a blindfolded woman holding a weighing scale, which in turn represents evidence presented in court.  It is the sworn duty of the judge or the jury to weigh the evidence to determine whether or not the defendant is guilty.


But facts can be twisted and sometimes, persons who take an oath on the witness stand are guilty of perjury and only God knows if they are telling the truth. There is also the possibility that material evidence can be tampered with or sanitised for the benefit of the accused or the plaintiff.


Those who are familiar with the story of Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men” will have a better understanding of jury trial.


Another important aspect in a court hearing is the eloquence of barristers. A skilled barrister can ask a series of questions that may confuse a witness to unwittingly reveal himself. Of course, the barrister who cross-examines his own client will skilfully lead his witness to a particular line of thought to establish the desired effect on the judge or magistrate.


Such is legal practice in many parts of the world and Australia is no exception. There must always be the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. We have heard of many cases when the innocent is convicted or when the guilty party is freed. 


In the end, God will be the ultimate judge for it is He who knows the truth. The guilty may escape punishment on earth but not on the day of final judgment.


“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” – (Mark Anthony’s oration over the dead body of Julius Caesar.) ?