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Shabih Raza Law and Morality Study Questions Reading: Cohen 1. In Cohen’s study, many significant differences are prevalent within the Canadian legal system in comparison to the Athens legal system. To begin with, in Greece there was no existence of government control, all legal matters were sorted through the court by a judge. These judges were retired leaders of the Archon that were elected by wealthy individuals, this shows judges in power were elected on a bias and those that belong to lower socioeconomic statuses did not have a say. Athenian courts did not revolve around the idea of serving justice instead it was about competing with rivals to attain a higher status in society. False testimony by perjury, false accusations and the use of bribery were used to win and reach final decisions. Finally, gender inequality was highly prevalent, women were considered of no value. They were treated as slaves and homemakers in which they were not given the right to enter court or even voice their opinion. In modern day legal systems, like the Canadian legal system everything is regulated under the Canadian government. Judges of Canadian courts are highly educated individuals that are to make decisions of justice. Lawyers represent the people rather than themselves allowing for thorough research to be done before presenting evidence to the court. Bribery and false testimonies could leave to sever penalties by higher courts or even the government. Judges after multiple case hearings make one final verdict that is extremely hard to re-appeal. Despite gender inequality, women are given the right to enter court and

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