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WDDIJ Presents The Justice League: Elite Law Schools Can Do What They Want

Elite Law Schools Can Do What They Want

It’s my final year of law school and I had just finished my last final exam for the fall semester. Four exams filled with utter misery, confusing hypotheticals and might I add, law- professor- created exams with typos (and they say how important exams are). It was Friday night and I felt like I just got paid but I didn’t. I was completely exhausted from studying and working and working and studying.

So naturally, after exams I went out for celebratory drinks with a fellow law student as we bitched and complained and drank whiskey until about 4 am on Saturday morning. I crashed and woke up at 11:00 am and looked over at the alarm clock and realized that I had missed the bus heading to the Justice for All March on Washington calling for justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner and the countless other Black men who had been killed at the hands of police officers-of which has lead to zero indictments returned by State grand juries. As I opened my eyes, the first thought that came to my mind was: “ I really wish I would have gotten accepted to Harvard!”

For those of you who have been under a rock for the last several weeks, let me set the stage.
Columbia University Law School has allowed its students to reschedule their exams if they feel traumatized by the recent grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. According to the school’s interim dean, Robert E. Scott

“The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally,” Mr. Scott’s letter said. “For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.”

Once Harvard and Georgetown got a whiff of the news, they too, allowed their students to take exam extensions and the news sparked a rage among legal scholars, law students and legal social media went amok.


Opponents of this policy say: Who do these students think they are by requesting an exam extension because they were so-called traumatized? I went to law school during heavy political tensions and I still took exams! And how does one measure “traumatization” in this matter? Is it based on race- Participation in protests? This is not fair!

Proponents say: Law School is (allegedly) designed to promote justice and create notions of fairness in grey areas of the law that are tainted with injustice. Law Schools have a duty to create social engineers and pioneers who have a primary goal of making the legal system operate more effectively and more efficiently. So why not?

So here is my humble opinion.

Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap. Cheers to Harvard and Columbia and Georgetown law schools who are attempting to make a legal education worth it again because 99% of law schools, like 99% of laws are not adjusting to the changing climate and people are getting pissed off!

Which Reminds Me.
Law School Exams are No Longer Relevant

The hardest part about law school is getting in. The 2nd hardest part about law school is the first year. After that, law schools really need to relax the role of the final exam because it adds nothing greater to a law student’s life. It doesn’t make a better lawyer or even prepare students for the bar exam. It is set in place because law schools are not willing to transform their curriculum in a real and practical way so they continue to apply the same old traditional norms that are no longer applicable to modern day society.

Harvard and some of the other Elite schools have already taken a stance on the one exam grade issue and has eliminated grades altogether giving students a High Pass (HP); Pass (P); Low Pass (P) and Fail (F). Now, of course everyone wants the HP-but the message is clear that if you get into Harvard Law- Harvard Law has your back! Once a student is accepted to these Ivy League schools-there is a rebuttable presumption that the school’s name alone will carry them where they need to go-not how well they did on a Torts Exam.

Exams, arguably are for first year students and should be revisited after graduation but before the BAR exam. One does not NEED exam after exam to become an effective lawyer (or advocate or CEO or whatever other reasons people go to law school). But one NEEDS to advocate and stand for something-particularly justice.

Now, do I think that some students will totally exploit this opportunity arguing that they are apart of the so-called traumatized group, meanwhile are home buying more time to study? Of Course I do. But who cares-its Harvard-Its Columbia and-Its Georgetown! These are the students that will be the next Supreme Court Justices and heads of government anyway. They need to understand how the political climate changes the law and they need to be apart of the process. The future Obamas of the country will not remember exam questions when they are sitting in office but they will undoubtedly remember the day Darren Wilson was not indicted and the country proceeded in uproar. Exams, in such cases, are superfluous. They really don’t matter. I’m just jealous that I didn’t have that same opoportunity to postpone my exams but the applause remains. The Elite law schools just keep winning.

The Wrath of Ruthless Episode 3: Ruthless as the 4th of July

The Wrath of Ruthless Episode 3 features discussion of the ongoing Feed Your Mind initiative, The consequences of the militarization of local police and sheriffs, corruption in politics, Gods of Egypt/Moses: Gods and Kings, and make another big announcement.
Joining THE Ruthless Wonder is Staff Writer Ronin.

The Wrath of Ruthless Theme “Bring It!” is provided by Keith Labell(visit the link for his personal Sound Cloud)

WoR Ep3 Download link<-RIght clck and selct save link as to download

Notes From Your Favorite Super Villian: Your Justice is SHIT!

Let’s get our minds right and set the mood really quick. Pick your poison folks


You pick up what I’m laying down? Good Let’s go.


This JD behind my name doesn’t stop me from saying these words. Your justice is SHIT! You’ve been fed lies from everyone who says the system works. It doesn’t Never really has if you think about it. Rich white landowners have never wanted to pay taxes and so they decided to send poor folks to die fighting England to make America. Prohibition proved that any crisis can let a government seize far more power than it has ever had. And that however controls the channels of influence controls what is and is not justice.

Every gangster, bootlegger, bank robber, and speakeasy owner(racist or inclusive) was a hero to the common every day person. Because they were sticking it to who they felt might be in bed with the people who caused the problem in the first place. But banks, and the 1% are best left to another piece or one of my guest bloggers.

I say your justice is shit because your very perception of what is just is shit. Why? Because you have stood by and let the military offload their hardware onto police departments across the US. effectively making them as less effective troops. What’s that? Cops are brave? They are as important as soldiers? Not even close. There was a time in America where everyone understood that military hardware was for them. I’ll grant you some semi-automatic weapons and shotguns are needed for cops on swat teams. But ask that idiot brain of yours a question. If the normal average beat cop is here to handle situations in a non-violent manner, why are they dressed like a strike team, and have weapons fresh out of Call of Duty?

I’m not waiting, because your answers are shit too. You’ve been told crime is everywhere and every cop is in mortal danger at all times. Numbers don’t normally lie so here’s the FBI

According to statistics collected by the FBI, 95 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2012. Of these, 48 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 47 officers died in accidents. In addition, 52,901 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks are included in the 2012 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, released today.


The 48 felonious deaths occurred in 26 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2012 decreased by 24 when compared with the 72 officers who died in 2011. The five- and 10-year comparisons show an increase of seven felonious deaths compared with the 2008 figure (41 officers) and a decrease of four deaths compared with 2003 data (52 officers). Source: FBI Press Release

That’s right sports fans, you, your parents, and 5 of your closest friends have a better chance of hitting consecutive jackpots with the lottery than a cop does of being killed. I know I know, you’re saying, but what about the injuried? And I have a friend who is a cop do you want him to be in more danger? I’ll ignore the second since it means you actually think I advocate wanton lawlessness and murder. have you not seen my posts people? I’m for less sharing of authority, not less authority. But you want a free, open, democratic republic style society. That means someone has to handle police work.

cause Sheriffs need this right?

cause Sheriffs need this right?

And hey most cops aren’t bad folks right? Of course. But I didn’t say all cops need to be fired. I said your concept of justice is shit. And then I tricked you into thinking this would be a pro cop killer article using the same tactics that other folks use to keep you thinking like them. But that new motto of ours is more than just a simple point. Let’s toss the niceties aside folks. While you weren’t paying any attention to the system you call justice when it works in your favor the federal government passed legislation in 1994 allowing the Pentagon to donate surplus military equipment from the Cold War to local police departments. And since then multiple bills have allowed more donations, and general low-cost pricing for police departments. It’s why small town sheriffs have tanks, and a police department with fewer officers than my blog has writers have rocket-propelled grenades.

This is Colorado, not Chicago, where you might have had a point.

This is Colorado, not Chicago, where you might have had a point.




Take a good look at this picture. You aren’t seeing an army unit handling unruly crowds, this is the gear for Sheriffs. That’s right, Andy Griffith is no longer the model look for Sheriffs. These are not Peace officers protecting and serving. This is tactical assault gear on the local boys to enforce a particular brand of law.

And you pay for it.

Let that sink in for a moment or two. When you see protestors like Occupy beaten and pepper sprayed… we all paid for that.

When a 87 year old grandmother is slammed to the pavement… we paid for it.


When a man is killed because the police decide to use a chokehold on an unarmed man who had just stopped a fight under the guise of him allegedly at some point in the past selling untaxed cigarettes… You guessed it kids, we paid for that to happen. And it disgusts me. And you don’t get to leave without having the video of it presented to you. But first I want you to see his face as they applied it. how his hands are clearly up and not resisting.

Protecting themselves by serving as your murderer.

Protecting themselves by serving as your murderer.

Now as I was saying there is video of it all. And this isn’t from 2 years ago, 2 months ago, or even 2 weeks ago. This is 2 DAYS before I’m writing this post on Saturday. This is July 17th of this year(2014) in New York. This video clearly shows he was not resisting, he was not in the process of selling cigarettes untaxed or otherwise. And he clearly tells them he cannot breathe as they pile on top of him, slamming him to the pavement and repeatedly keep him from catching his breath.

Disturbing footage right? And that is in New York. And you heard him and the crowd. He was the one BREAKING UP the fight that got them called. And you heard the excuses before and after. But that de-escalation training is clearly working right? The NYPD announced tonight that Officer Daniel Pantaleo(The one who did the actual chokehold itself), an 8-year veteran, has been placed on “modified assignment,” pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. If you’re starting to think this looks less and less like the America you want don’t worry. And if you are concerned I’m about to say let’s institute the Purge don’t worry.

Afterall, you can live comfortably knowing this wasn’t you. That the cops you know are good guys. That in fact you hang with lots of great law enforcement officers of all races and genders and they would never be like this with anyone. Hell you’ll remember that even Ruthless himself has friends and family in law enforcement. So they can’t be all bad.

But I told you.

Your justice is shit. Because any human being that can look at what you’ve seen today and say to themselves that’s alright because it isn’t me and/or my family, …you’re the real monster here. When asked why I call myself a villain and a monster from time to time and seem to revel in it, I often say I am a monster because I do not deny the pleasures I wish to partake in, nor the methods it requires to have them. And I am a villain because I put a mirror up to our so-called society to remind it of what it really is.

And today that’s you. You who feel comfortable with a constant internal refrain of it wasn’t me and mine so what. Your idea of justice is favoritism and you don’t even have the courage to admit it. I hate what these cops did. I love that I have family I have never heard of having done anything like this. I respect the courage of them, I respect the courage of the men and women in the armed services branches. But I cannot exist without the thought that we have escalated our local police departments and sheriffs departments into miniature strike forces without all that additional breeding out of psychological issues, massive prejudices, and without any regard for what constant escalation might be doing to us all.

I hear tin foil, tea party, hippie, anarchist, and libertarian folks talk about the police state. But it is already here, because you see justice as a concept concerning everyone but yourself. And those in power hope you keep thinking that way. And if you can go through all of this and not think there needs to be serious thought given to non-lethal weapons, and other training for officers. You better hope the next cop you deal with thinks of justice the exact same way you do, and doesn’t decide to make you the one they decide to protect and serve by protecting themself from you while they serve as your murderer. Wake up folks. Wake up. Your “Justice” is SHIT!

– THE Ruthless Wonder