Commonwealth Policy Center

A trio of high-profile court cases reminds us that despite the many flaws, the U.S. justice system still works. Jeffrey Epstein association Ghislaine Maxwell was recently found guilty of trafficking minor girls. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes was also found guilty of defrauding investors. And actor Jussie Smollet was found guilty of staging a fake hate crime. While it’s evident from time to time that our legal system has failed and there’s plenty of room for improvement, these recent criminal convictions of high-profile figures remind us that no matter how powerful, wealthy, or one’s political affiliation, we are a nation of laws and there are consequences to breaking the law regardless of wealth, power, or position in society.