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Are the following legitimate functions of a proper government:

  • providing individuals with false identities and credentials for the purpose of "witness protection" (in legitimate criminal cases)
  • providing attorneys to defendants in criminal cases (at no cost to the defendant) if the defendants so choose?

asked Sep 18 '12 at 20:41

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El Manantial
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edited Mar 15 '13 at 13:20

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Certainly justice is not served in a complicated adversarial system where the defendant in a criminal case cannot afford counsel and is not provided with any.

An inquisitorial system might prove to be cheaper and/or more efficient, though.

I'm not aware of anything in Objectivism or otherwise which precludes the use of an inquisitorial system. That said, I'm not aware of anything in Objectivism or otherwise which precludes the use of an adversarial system. Certainly funding for either system (including funding for public defenders in the latter) needs to come from non-tax sources.

(Sep 18 '12 at 20:56) anthony anthony's gravatar image

"at no cost to the defendant" - perhaps, 'at no apparent cost to the defendant' would be more correct :). I came upon this one while formulating a question regarding the 50 yr anniversary of Gideon.

(Mar 15 '13 at 13:16) Jason Gibson ♦ Jason%20Gibson's gravatar image

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