This week on Up Close, we tend to believe that a system of laws is there to protect us. We often believe in the integrity of that system, and that it can deliver the justice we expect.
The largest verdict for environmental damages in history will forever be quite tainted. Lies, deception, corruption and more were found to be at the heart of a legal strategy that theoretically won billions of dollars for people harmed by oil pollution, but they might never see a dime of it. Bloomberg Businessweek Senior Writer Paul Barrett discusses, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, now out in paperback.
And then, the Orthodox Jewish court system has long explicitly discriminated against women, where no women are judges. Perhaps the greatest symbol of a system designed without women is the agunah crisis, in which women are stuck in Orthodox Jewish marriages if their husbands refuse to give them divorces. Susan Aranoff has been an advocate on the issue for three decades, and is the co-author of The Wed-Locked Agunot: Orthodox Jewish Women Chained to Dead Marriages.
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