Trump trial shows the ominous evolution of our criminal justice system. Who’s next?

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If you don’t care about the criminal justice system, just wait until the criminal justice system cares about you or someone you love. An estimated 70 million to 100 million Americans – roughly 1 in 3 – have a criminal record and many, like former President Donald Trump, are at the mercy of acrimonious justice. 

Any law officer or prosecutor can target an individual, search the books containing hundreds of thousands of crimes, and pin any handful of offenses on them. Tee that up with an unscrupulous judge, and any one of us could be convicted of a crime.

Plenty of prosecutors are as bad as Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, but I blame New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan, who didn’t just put his thumb on the scale of justice, he

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