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"The Supreme Court struck a blow for discrimination this week by stripping a key civil rights law of much of its potency." So begins the NY Times editorial, May 31, 2007. In this case, centered on the issue of equal pay for equal work, the high court reversed the lower court's ruling, enshrining in its regressive decision the dicta that the victim of discrimination bears the responsibility for her own injustice.

But achieving a just decision can depend on who's in charge. Barak Obama was elected in 2008. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 restored balance to the scales, for the time being.

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
Earl Warren

If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice.

In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.
Bertrand Russell

Justice delayed, is justice denied.
William Gladstone