Idealistic 1Ls in law school very quickly learn that they are there to learn about the law. Not justice.
Laypeople get that lesson from watching the original episodes or re-reruns of "Law & Order." Jack McCoy impresses on his staff that they are employed to implement the law. Not to take a crack at justice per se.
In the current version of that classic film, the world-famous detective Hercules Poirot is willing to die for justice.
He asks the 13 on the train, who are all involved in the murder, to kill him. In that way he won't have to report this conspiracy to the police.
However, he does come up with a less grim solution. He tells the police that a lone assailant bordered the train, killed, and then fled.
The murder victim, Poirot discovers, is the man who murdered a young child in the Armstrong family as part of a kidnapping. The mother and the child she was carrying both wound up dying in premature birth triggered by the trauma. The father commits suicide. Many other lives are ruined. That wreckage also has touched the 13 on the train in profound ways.
If only the law could cut slack for the broken, the way Poirot did. Maybe it does, only outsiders are not aware of the that.
Rotten Tomatoes gave "Murder on the Orient Express" mediocre ratings. But those interested in the issue of justice would find it useful to take in and reflect on.
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