I think it’s telling and encouraging that in democracies, to stop a catastrophe, the law doesn’t always have the final say.
The US top brass feared that President Trump, in his last unruly days in office, would use nuclear weapons. So, they conspired to prevent that.
Sometimes, judges find an accused guilty or innocent, and a general outcry erupts under the population. Then, never mind the independence of the legal system. There will be an appeal, and the situation will be corrected. For this, it seems necessary that the general public gets the information that this is really scandalous and that their indignation is ongoing.
Sometimes, one or more people get hurt deeply, and no law or provision is there to bring justice or compensation. When enough people, long enough, maintain this is unacceptable, those in power will find ways to mend the situation. Democratic society can’t run when it seems immoral.
This has two contradictory lessons.
One, be an activist when an outrage happened and don’t give up when the power-that-be and specialists say that nothing can be done.
Two, when politicians manage to rile up enough people against reality and the facts, the masses can be suspected to stage an insurrection. Don’t underestimate what can be done by good naive people who were lied to.