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Attorney, author, blogger. After several years as a trial attorney, Sylvia Clute became disillusioned with the legal system and began her search for a better way. This led to writing two books, Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution, and a novel, Destiny Unveiled. She writes a blog, www.GenuineJustice.com Monday through Friday. She founded, led and served as an advisor to numerous community and statewide initiatives. A pioneer in legal reform, she spearheaded changes in Virginia's laws relating to women and children. She gives workshops, teaches classes, and has presented to many legal, civic and church organizations. She holds an MA in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, and an MA in Public Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Death Penalty: Un-Christian Barbarism Teresa Lewis will be killed at 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2010 in an act of proportional revenge in which Virginia answers one killing with another. The Commonwealth will answer harm with harm, following the ancient law of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. State killing is modern barbarism that violates the lesson taught in the Sermon on the Mount.
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 17, 2010
How Did Our Criminal Law System Become So Broken? How is it that a nation like the United States, known for its commitment to liberty and justice for all, became embedded in an incarceration binge that has 1 in every 100 adults in jail or prison? To find the answer, we need only step back in time to when pollsters and politicians became bedfellows.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 15, 2010
How Lawyers Win: It's Not Always Pretty TV dramas like Law and Order or Perry Mason often make the courtroom look like a heroic battle between good and evil. The good guys and the bad guys are easily identified. It is often not that way at all.
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 13, 2010
The Courtroom's Little Lie: It's About The Whole Truth After you spend a little time in the courtroom, you realize that the ritual of having the witnesses swear to tell the truth is too often more about form than substance. In this win-lose arena, we make the stakes so high that people often rationalize that telling a little white lie in their case is less wrong than what they might lose if they tell the truth.
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Best Defense Against Attacks Like 9-11 It is time to realize that attack after attack is not our best defense. When we lash out to attack those who attack us, we are caught in the trap of dual morality, and our enemies are, as well. This is a moment in history when we can collectively choose to bend the arc of history toward love and compassion.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 10, 2010
9 Years After 9-11, Justice on an International Scale What were the lessons we learned from 9-11, and what lessons have we yet to learn? Perhaps giving consideration to how unitive and punitive justice play out on an international scale can provide helpful insight.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 9, 2010
What Do We Mean, Justice? One reason justice so often fails to produce the happy ending we expect is because of widespread confusion about what the term justice actually means.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Utter Failure; It's Time to Rethink the Prison System With 2.3 million people in America's prison system, we've literally become our own jailers. It's time to call for a compassionate -- and more effective -- judicial system.

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