Cinema: Kangaroo Court

. . . AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

Directed by Norman Jewison

Screenplay by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson

. . . And Justice for All may be the worst thing to happen to Baltimore since the War of 1812. If this movie is to be believed, Maryland's largest city has a legal system that would make a police state seem appealing. The judges are all psychotic or perverts or worse; the lawyers are all self-serving hypocrites; the cops all regard suspects as "scum." When criminals go to jail—usually on trumped-up charges—they invariably get murdered shortly after incarceration. Indeed, if the American...

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