What I Learned from a Parking Ticket
Publication Date: July 2009
Author(s): David Kraemer
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Justice; Law; Public Policies
Coverage: United States
Inspired by having to a pay a parking ticket simply because an officer claimed that his car was parked in a bus zone when it clearly was not, the author analyzes the many injustices of our justice system. He argues that common individuals (juries, law-enforcement officials) who may bring their own personal biases and prejudices into the courtroom hold a disproportionate amount of power in the justice system. He suggests that Judaism has a better justice system (though does not elaborate on this point).