Fifth, process does matter. Process matters because it rests on the morally-based understanding that we are all equal under the law, and the law itself is to be equally applied — otherwise, the law can be manipulated, altered, or ignored in pursuit of unjust ends. It matters because in the United States, we are innocent until proven guilty. The path to proving guilt or innocence must be sound and ethical in order to prove one or the other — and to render a genuine verdict and, if warranted, punishment. It also helps ensure that those who are innocent are not found guilty because of a flawed process, and those who are actually guilty, are not released based on technicalities or the warping of the process itself.