What do the movies "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Next Three Days" and "Law Abiding Citizen" have in common?
They are all about how the system is broken, and the only way to come to a moral conclusion at the end of the story is to break the rules. Lisbeth Salander had to hack into computers to expose the truth. Russel Crowe's character had to bust his innocent wife out of jail and flee to Venezuela. Gerard Butler's character had to kill off person after person in order to get those who are supposed to make the system work actually make it work, and even then Jamie Fox had to break the law to get results.
So whether you are on the side of angels or the side of demons, the agreement is that the system is broken. The problem with "the system", particularly a "justice system" is that it is inherently flawed by human activity. There is no way to introduce an all seeing, all knowing, arbiter of justice that produces a morally justified outcome each and every time.
So why do we keep reading books and watching movies about people who break the rules? Harry Potter has been described as "seven books about a boy who breaks all the rules and gets away with it." Why?
The answer is hope. That deep down we recognize that "the system" is broken, but still chugging along like the mindless machine that it is. We hope that when our time comes to face the beast that we will have the courage and wisdom to know when to obey the rules, and when to break them.
I do not believe that our legal system could be replaced by something better than what we have now, and that steals some of my hope for the future. I do believe that the 360,000 pages of Federal regulations that choke the opportunities out of our future can be simplified. But governments do not exist to simplify and assist.