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The CVM was (laughably, now, looking back at it) supposed to be a temporary measure in order to get Romania up to speed in terms of tackling corruption and implementing a fair and equitable justice system.

Down By Law

WORD COUNT: 2809 Oh my. You know, it’s relatively easy for me to sit here at my keyboard and remotely dissect all of the overwhelming number of serious problems with the Romanian justice system. But it’s quite another thing to hear about it from a true insider, in this case, Raluca Pruna, the “technocrat” Justice…

Writing Books to Get Out of Jail

After the issue garnered a ton of media attention around the world, the Romanian Justice Minister used her enhanced powers* to eliminate the “write a book, get out of jail more quickly” system: Romania says it is changing a law that allowed prisoners to reduce their sentences by writing books. Convicts could cut 30 days…

Crossfire

WORD COUNT: 2721 Well folks, this has been one of the most intense weekends of my (relatively) young life, and as per my wont, I find myself called to write on these pages. But before I begin, a word of caution. Look, I am an open-minded and tolerant person. I get a lot of flak…