Legal Abuse Syndrome and how it affects veterans in courtrooms
Combat veterans tend to face multiple challenges upon their return to civilian lifestyle. In the past decade, extensive research has been conducted upon Legal Abuse Syndrome in veterans as a sub-symptom of PTSD. The major reason behind multiple studies lies in the fact that veteran arrests for criminal offenses have seen a manifold increase in the past few years. However, the primary question to address here is whether it is justified to treat combat veterans the same way as civilian criminals?
What is Legal abuse?
Due to the strict nature of the judiciary system, each link of the judiciary chain is susceptible to being the reason behind Legal abuse. From litigators and judiciary to law enforcers and attorneys, everyone has a considerable potential of damaging the mental health of combat return veterans. Legal Abuse is the result of malicious motives of the parties involved and includes ill-treatment of the accused, vexatious litigation, fraudulent attorneys, and corrupt judiciary. This unfair series of events and lack of empathy thereof results in the development of Legal Abuse Syndromes in the criminally accused, be it combat veteran or a civilian.
Cold Nature of Legal proceedings:
As much as anyone would expect the courtrooms to practice empathy towards the victim and accused, it is hardly the ever the case. The situation gets much more difficult when the accused is a combat veteran with a record of lawful and legally justified homicide. Judges, litigators, attorneys, and law enforcers are much likely to turn the head of the gun towards simply because they are accused of a crime. It is as unfair as it can get and results in Legal Abuse towards the veteran. More often than not, courtrooms serve as chambers of lies, frauds, corruption, abuses, and deceit, which are the major contributors towards the development of Legal Abuse Syndrome.
Combat veterans are unlike civilians
Undoubtedly, combat veterans have a completely different lifestyle than civilians. The fact that they have served the country in a violent arena often prevents them from accepting judicial jurisdiction over their behavior. In extreme cases, the cold treatment from judiciary system personnel leads to the development of despicable feelings of distrust and hatred in the accused veterans. The presence of PTSD serves as a trigger resulting in an explosion of Legal Abuse Syndrome’s symptoms. Since veterans are unlike civilians, they fail to accept being treated like civilian criminals.
Coercive behavior of Veteran courts:
Many State court systems have recognized the need for special treatment of veterans and have established special Veteran Courts. These Courts achieve the main goal of segregating combat veterans from civilians. Even in Veteran Courts, however, the coercive nature of existing legislation and attorneys often leads to mistreatment of veterans and leads them to accept responsibility for crimes they did not commit. This makes things even worse.
The rigorous combat training designed to program our soldiers for the heartless killing of enemies is something that becomes deep-rooted in the personality of combat veterans. These people rightly believe themselves as the saviors of the nation and any ill-treatment coming from the judiciary system directly affects their decision to devote themselves to the nation’s security. As a result, combat veterans tend to question every past, present, and future decision, which results in more significant challenges in courtrooms regarding damaged reputation.
In short, Legal Abuse Syndrome in combat veterans is especially malignant. It also hints at the dire need of instilling honesty and empathy in veteran courtrooms for the sake of eliminating mental disorders.