One lesson the public has learned from the corruption case against former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert is that we are not all equal before the law. The fallacy that there is “one law for all citizens” is easily exposed as untrue from a quick survey of the courtroom at the Supreme Court in the state’s appeal of Olmert’s overall acquittals.
Putting aside the huge media presence, including four journalists from a single media outlet, the composition of Supreme Court justices is highly unusual. Typically, an appeal to the Supreme Court on a criminal offense may only have one justice ruling, sometimes three. Here there are five. Why? Obviously because Olmert is not a regular citizen, but a former prime minister.
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