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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  JOR | 

    The line for bootlicking starts at both ends and proceeds towards the center. Left, right, repeat.

  2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    @#42

    …but the problem is not the law, its the prosecutors and judges who allow them to argue intent based on flimsy evidence.

    In my opinion this means the problem is the law.

    Personally, I do not claim to possess the ability to read minds, but the state on a regular basis relies on their own ability to divine intent of many minds that they have either just met or have never met. People seem to think this mind-reading is OK even though Miss Cleo got sent to jail for it…after someone probably read her mind.

  3. #3 |  Deoxy | 

    Personally, I do not claim to possess the ability to read minds, but the state on a regular basis relies on their own ability to divine intent of many minds that they have either just met or have never met.

    The alternative to this is to make laws without a mens rea requirement, and those are FAR FAR FAR worse, as evidenced by their obscene abuses (only partially) cataloged here.

    any of the “news” media are okay sources, as long as you are aware they almost certainly are not giving you the whole story.

    There is certainly some truth in this, but my question was about why Fox seemed to be targetted particularly, when they are the least offender of the group (and not by a small margin).

  4. #4 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    Headline of the day: “Gravy-wrestling model suffers horrific facial injuries after being hit with monkey wrench when she interrupted a friend having sex”

    And she really did take a serious eye injury.

    Pretty women are human beings, even if they do something undignified.

  5. #5 |  Jay | 

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/04/11/fox-mole-outed-admits-to-being-a-weasel/

  6. #6 |  SJE | 

    My point re 1001 is that it is a distraction.

    Prosecutors use and abuse ALL the laws. If you changed 1001, they would move to something else. And, as we know, law enforcement seems to have no problems going well beyond the law to achieve their ends.

    Better to focus on the abuse of power by prosecutors and police.

  7. #7 |  SJE | 

    Laws without a mens rea requirement ARE a problem. An innocent mistake that harms no one could get you years in jail: e.g. neighbor hacks into your WIFI and uses it to download kiddie porn, and you are guilty merely for facilitating the use. Or, you import lobsters from Honduras, and try to comply with all federal and state laws, but the Feds decide that you have broken the law.

  8. #8 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @56 – And the problem is that they’re “prosecutors”. Their interest is prosecution. Worse, many of them are looking after their statistics for re-election.

    It’s why I defend the UK’s system of having a professional civil service organisation doing the prosecution, with a strong test of the public interest before they bring charges. They can, and frequently do, drop charges.

    (Which is even more important now there’s increasing political pressure on police and judges)

    It’s interesting how the definitions of negligence and recklessness in UK and US law differ, too….

  9. #9 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Ow! #57 SJE droppin’ the hard science of jurisprudence all over our nogs. Righteous and tru!

  10. #10 |  SJE | 

    Well, if people think I am wrong, I might as well go to the facts.

  11. #11 |  nemo | 

    In re cops and the dangerous work they are involved in.

    If they don’t like that, they are free to quit. At any time they want. Just as is every other civilian. Starting all over again in middle-age is hard, yes. I had to do it after running afoul of the drug laws and being reduced to penury. But I worked my way back up after some very, very hard years. They won’t have the problems that I did and should have it lots easier.

    Which calls the mind the fact that they volunteered to attach themselves to the public treasury teat. How many of their neighbors got down on their knees and pleaded and begged for them to become police officers? I doubt very many did. They certainly have not been dragooned into it.

    So..if they don’t like the working conditions, they are free to seek employment elsewhere. A hallmark of a ‘free’ society. Isn’t this a great country, or what?