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Even in court the African must wait. But once his turn comes, justice is swift. The prisoners are led into the courtroom in small groups and one at a time they are called forward. A trial may take only a few seconds, rarely more than a minute or two. This way the magistrate can handle nearly a hundred cases before lunch and still take an hour’s break for tea. No defense lawyer is present and, except for compiling a batting average close to 1,000 the prosecution has little chance to shine. Usually an interpreter is present, regardless of whether the magistrate and the prisoner speaks the same language. The charge is read and the magistrate asks, “Guilty or not guilty?” The interpreter rapidly repeats the charge in dialect and adds some advise of his own. “Answer ‘Your Honor, I’m guilty’.” Almost invariably the defendant answers as he is told and the magistrate pronounces sentence: so many months or so many dollars.

Joseph Lelyveld b. 1936, United States Executive Editor of the New York Times from 1994 to 2001

Historical Age, Age of Reason-1650-1950 AD
Astrological Age, Age of Pisces – 1 AD – 2000 AD
Sun Sign – Aries