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It Doesn't Take a Genius to Recognize Corruption

After attending the writer's conference I had the opportunity to spend a week with my dad in Las Vegas (we went to federal court trials).

I don't usually speak much of his work as I'm not sure all what to say about it. He keeps the public updated with what's happening in court, with all the many men locked up that he's trying to help out. I think he said there are like 19 guys right now that he is specifically trying to help release. 

{If any of you have heard of the Bundy Ranch Stand Off, you'll know a little of what he is doing}

I won't go into too much detail with his work. I will say if you want to know more of how to help out and learn what's going on just do some googling - my dad's name is John Lamb. You should be able to find plenty on him ;p

Anyways, I was quite shocked the first day.

Security didn't surprise me at all. Very much like an airport ;p  Except, most of the security was actually nicer ;) I was very pleased with security as far as security goes. And even a couple of the marshals seemed nice. But past this I was not pleased...

No phones are allowed in the court room. Or cameras. On any devices that record or can take pictures. 

The jury trial we attended the week I was in Vegas was for four guys. It was currently in the third week of the trial. Court lasted 9-5, Monday to Thursday. There were mid-morning ten minute breaks, an hour for lunch, and a ten minute afternoon break.

It was pretty boring a lot of the time.

The first thing I notices was the strong sense of bias. The judge was overly biased against the defendants ;/ I couldn't believe she'd let it be so obvious. 

Things like further questioning the witnesses (as if hoping to find incriminating evidence herself), overruling most of the council's objections while sustaining the majority of the prosecution's, calling a lot of side bars, rewording or not even reading certain jury questions, and her whole attitude toward the defendants. It was terrible. 

One day she sent one of the defendants to solitary confinement for a couple hours for looking behind him at another defendant. Except he denied having done what she said. "I can't let you get away with disobedience," Judge Navarro said.

Wow. I was really shocked.

On the second day in Las Vegas, the first half of the day my dad and I went to see the sentencing of a 93 year old doctor (I will have another post on this later). 

While we waited for the sentencing to take place several smaller things happened.

First two prisoners were brought in, both Mexicans.

A Mexican woman, nicely dressed, walked into the courtroom and sat in the front row, not knowing that the marshal's don't allow anyone to sit there as "they might jump over the banister and interfere with the prisoners."

A marshal rudely told the already distressed woman to move. She apologized and quickly obeyed. One of the men was her husband. He was not allowed to look at her.

She watched him sit there as his lawyer talked to the judge, a man named Kent Dawson. They set another court date for the Mexican then took him out of the room, shackling him and bringing him back to jail to await his trial. 

Next two young Caucasians were brought in, both wearing bright yellow jump suits. The one man was allowed to speak, and his words surprised me. He spoke very intellectually - I won't even be able to do his words half the deserved justice by trying to repeat them. He requested a speedy trial as it was his constitutional right and he'd been sitting in jail waiting for over six months. "I think there comes a time when long enough is long enough. I have payed my dues." 

Judge Dawson said, "In the eyes of the court six to eight months is not a long time." And he set the boy's trial a couple months in the future. 

The boy made several other good arguments, but the judge would not listen.

And last of all two lawyers came, representing clients that were not present. The one lady said her client had failed her drug test, and proceeded to explain why, "She has been fighting three tumors in her brain, and is currently undergoing chemo." She then gave a long detailed narrative of how the woman had to choose between a couple extremes with her tumors. and even then there wasn't sure hope that she would survive.

Judge Dawson listened, then said. "I understand this. But if she doesn't make better effort with her duties here she will be reprimanded. Does she understand this?"

The lawyer was frustrated, I could tell. 

I saw absolute greed

I tried to see good

"Maybe they are like Javert in Les Miserables," I thought. "Maybe they think justice over mercy - and they are so buried in the law and a sense of justice that they do not understand mercy."

Except I know they don't deserve to be compared to Javert. Javert I actually liked. And he was void of monetary greed or even the assertive authority and pride the two judges I saw seemed to possess.

It was sickening  - no human should own this much power over another's life.

No human being should be allowed to rule another man's life, and make his own words law above either the Bible or the constitution.

"This isn't real," you say.

I wish this was another of my satire pieces.

That I was even lying - I know many won't believe my words. And even fewer will do anything to change our system. 

But it is real and we NEED PEOPLE TO STOP THIS. We need people to choose life over greed, love over career.

80% of the men in prison don't deserve to be there - if you don't believe me email me and I'll try to find info from my dad and other informed men to send to you.

Men who never murdered, raped, or even did drugs are being sent to prison for LIFE.

Men who committed small petty crimes are sitting in jail for MONTHS waiting for a "speedy" trial.

Is this right?

"But our country is better than others."

It doesn't' really matter if we decide to believe these additional lies we are fed - what matters is even if we were better compared, compared is not an excuse to allow injustices to happen in our very own homes. 

"But what can we do?"

Good question. In all honesty I don't have an equally good answer...except this: Start caring, start knowing (educate yourself against the brainwashing of our media), and if ever you see a chance to love do it.

Love through letters, love through peaceful protests, love through actions.

Love in proof. 


  1. Ugh. That sounds so horrible to witness. As a lover of politics and law, that kind of stuff disgusts me. Judges aren't suppose to have an opinion during cases, they are suppose to get the stories and facts out of the people under trail! That's not justice, that's just wrong. :(

    1. I'm so glad you love politics! It's something we young people should be into because it affects us soooooooo much!! The justice system is sad - but maybe by recognizing the corruption we can change it?

    2. I got into politics thanks to my dad, he's over permits in our town, so I know a lot of the codes and rules of that, learning about everything is just coming naturally and I find (most) things fascinating.

      Yes, I think that if we recognize corruption, and if we strive to stop it, we can indeed change it.

  2. I believe you, Keturah. I know our justice system is failed and horribly. The structure and how the system is supposed to be is good, but the way the system actually works is flawed. Its upsetting and awful to see this.

    As for Bundy, government isn't supposed to own land. He shouldn't have suffered this. And the fact that someone died as he tried to leave ... I think about this a lot. Its awful and our country needs help. I'm glad you're bringing this to light.

    God bless you! Keep speaking the truth.

    1. I'm surprised you've heard of the Bundys. And that you support them. My dad has been very involved in spreading word about them and other injustices the last couple years. So it's neat to hear others care, too πŸ€— and thank you for your encouragement πŸ€—

    2. I think the whole country has heard about them, but they've been brushed under the rug, just like all other corruption in the government. I know that the government was trying to take his land. They protested peacefully, but the government sent armed men instead. I know that as some people were leaving, as they were told to, they were fired at and someone, maybe more, was killed. He had a family and two young children. Its just corrupt. Government isn't supposed to own land.

      Keep spreading word about corruption. More people need to hear it. Thank you for being brave to speak the truth.
      God bless.

  3. This is really sad to hear, that our justice system is so corrupt.

  4. So well said.

    Injustice at the hands of arrogant and corrupt "authorities" is as old as the human race. The belief that justice, freedom, exceptionalism are natural to America is a myth. No system can work if the people who run it are wicked. Using the "Law" to suppress the people SHOULD NOT BE. Locking up good men whose only "crime" is caring about their neighbors and wanting a better world SHOULD NOT BE. Using political power to serve hidden special interests SHOULD NOT BE. Self-serving government SHOULD NOT BE. Heartless cruelty, indifference to human life, SHOULD NOT BE.

    I love the way you end this blog: with an understanding of WHAT SHOULD BE! What we CAN do! We can care; we can educate ourselves; we can support one another; we can speak out; we can love. In the end, God will be the judge.

    1. Very true - we are not living in a specificly unique time. Man-kind has always been self centered ;/

      And thank you πŸ€—

  5. I just had the priveledge of meeting your father on Sunday night. We were in front of the court on Monday. God Bless and please keep reporting, GREAT JOB

  6. Wow this is heart rending...and part of the reason why I gave up my hopes of being a lawyer. (along with many other personal reasons) There is so much injustice that no amount of words will fix. It's awful.

    But you Keturah did an INCREDIBLE job of portraying this. Your post really grabbed my thoughts, very well done!

    Anna -

    1. Thank you so much!

      And can I offer something in return? Still pursue law! We need good lawyers to fight corruption - there are already a few doing a great work. But we need more. In order to change our current situation we the people need to do something πŸ€—

    2. I agree with you Keturah! I just feel that as an emotional person and also one that would like to be involved in multiple pursuits it would be tough to do honestly the main reason I decided not to pursue law is because of that. However God works miracles, so it's never a closed option 😊 We'll see where He takes me.

      And I'm so happy to have discovered your blog! I've seen you around on the Realm Maker posts but I've finally found you! πŸ˜„ Followed and really looking forward to getting to know you better.

    3. Ah, I understand that! It's most certainly a difficult path knowing what to do or not. I've considered getting into law - just not sure that's the oath a God wants me to follow in helping love or not ;)

      And thank you!! Likewise ;)

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  8. J+M+J
    It is indeed a sad land of America we have today....
    But I comment merely because I saw the question "But what can we do?"
    And forgive me, but I have an answer.
    Yes we should do those you mentioned, but first of all... pray pray pray!!!
    By praying, you are caring. By praying, you are loving.
    By praying, you are asking the Almighty Father to help them, who is able to do so much more then you or I could do....
    I know, sorry, I'm preaching to the choir, so to put it... as I'm sure you know all that already, but I couldn't pass that up without comment, I just had to say something. Believe me, prayers work miracles! I've seen it happen.... And to whom? To mere sinners.
    Our government is corrupt... yes, very much so. But that is why we must pray for it... for what else can we do? The government, flawed as it is, has been given power by God. And so, we should respect that power and move to help it, so long as (and this is key) it does not usurp the glory of God, or the rights He has given us. When it begins to do so, like it has, is when we should stand up and say "no!" and stand indignant against the ways in which it has broken. But still we cannot condemn it, as it is a society made by man, and so has many many flaws simply by human nature. So let us help our country by putting God back into it through the power of prayer, example, and love.

    UURRG!! Sorry, I'm tangenting again....

    The Doorman.

    1. "by prayer, example, and love"
      I'm so glad you added all three of those together ;)
      Because too often I hear people say, "Pray." And then they do nothing else.
      Yes, prayer is what we should all do first, and it's the most powerful. But we shouldn't stop there, and I fear too many have stopped doing good by thinking their duty stopped with a short prayer.
      Yes, pray. But care, too, as you say. Care enough to not stand by and watch corruption happen. Care enough to act, to speak, to share, to vote, to DO as God would have us do.

      Thank you for your lovely tangent ;)


  9. Great stuff, love reading it. Thanks for sharing anyway!


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