The beauty of the U.S. jus­tice sys­tem

Weekend Witness - - Opinion - with DUMA PEWA

THE ar­rest of for­mer In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund chief Do­minique Strauss-Kahn has not only sent shock waves through the United States, Europe and the rest of the world, but it has also shown us the magic and ef­fec­tive­ness of the U.S. sys­tem of gov­er­nance.

The struc­ture is a flat one. Whether you are a high-rank­ing politi­cian or the owner of a ma­jor-league foot­ball team, you are sub­ject to the same laws of the coun­try.

The swift­ness of the long arm of the law is com­mend­able. Who would have thought that a woman from an im­pov­er­ished African coun­try can take on the leader of the IMF, and actu- ally be heard against the heavy­weight?

There are only a few peo­ple in the U.S. who can evade such charges, and they are the two per­cent who con­trol 90% of the coun­try’s wealth. If you are not in that bracket, you are just Joe Sam­ple.

Strauss-Kahn has since put up the $1 mil­lion bail, as well as a $5 mil­lion bond, for his free­dom from Rik­ers Is­land cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity, how­ever tem­po­rary, and he is now staying in a Man­hat­tan apart­ment un­der house con­fine­ment with heavy se­cu­rity, which in­cludes around-the-clock cam­era sur­veil­lance, two armed guards at the door of the apart­ment and at the main en­trance, as well as an an­kle bracelet to mon­i­tor his move­ments.

Among the charges are the sex­ual abuse and rape of a house­keeper, and com­mit­ting a crim­i­nal sex­ual act, with the most se­ri­ous of the charges guar­an­tee­ing him 25 years be­hind bars.

That is the beauty of the U.S. jus­tice sys­tem. No mat­ter how much clout you have, an or­di­nary African woman who went to the U.S. to look for the so-called Amer­i­can dream is guar­an­teed the same rights as you, even if you are a French na­tional who ef­fec­tively con­trolled bil­lions of Eu­ros in fund­ing be­fore he re­signed as a re­sult of the scan­dal.

The U.S. con­sti­tu­tion is ob­vi­ously not all talk and no walk, if you catch my drift.

The prob­lem with all this is the hu­man fac­tor: this could have been a setup, and I am say­ing this with all due re­spect to the com­plainant, be­fore gen­der ac­tivists start call­ing for my head like my lemon-chew­ing friends from Hil­ton, How­ick and Grey­town, among oth­ers.

The man was the chief of the IMF, for cry­ing out loud, and those who have an axe to grind against him could have eas­ily used dirty tricks. We know this, as it has hap­pened in the past. It’s a trick that is as old as time.

Men find it very dif­fi­cult to turn down sex­ual ad­vances, while it is easy for women. Do you know why?

It is be­cause men spend their lives chas­ing sex and they get turned down eight out of 10 times, while women can choose who they want to have sex with.

This, there­fore, makes it eas­ier for women to trick men.

Should the al­le­ga­tions against StraussKahn prove to be true, it will take some tra­di­tional Zulu muthi to get out of this one, say jump­ing over a bon­fire, butt naked while gur­gling a bit­ter con­coc­tion.

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