The Law is an Ass. Two stories have horrified me this week. One about a Gold Coast man who found armed intruders in his house. After confronting one, a struggle ensued and the armed bandit was shot. The home owner, a young man of 29, is now in court facing manslaughter charges and a lifetime in jail for defending himself. Story two; a convicted pedeophile in Washington is allowed child pornography in jail because of a loophole in the law. Having pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and been sentenced to 25 years jail, he has now nominated himself as his own lawyer and as such is allowed to view over 100 videos of child porn under the guise of “reviewing the evidence”
Here’s a new addition I found today in News Corp. “A PRISONER who took offence when he found a government department had incorrectly listed him as having a domestic violence conviction has won a compensation payout (of NZ$3,500) for breach of privacy and hurt feelings. The man has convictions for attacking a police officer, unlawful possession of firearms, aggravated robbery, theft, burglary and trying to escape from custody…”
And we eagerly await the court’s assessment of this one
Woman sues government after light falls, injures her in hotel room while having sex on work trip
The world has gone mad. There is no such thing as justice or even logic in things that go on. Does anyone else feel as frustrated as I do reading the morning papers?
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Your articles Ruth are so thought provoking, but we must realise that these things are happening. Who can we complain to? please tell us some god news ,please. We love you!!
Ruth, the world has TRULY gone mad. That a man is arrested for trying to protect his own property is crazy!! Also the prisoner allowed to recieve child porno on the net is criminal . What can we do if its the law? I could scream with frustration! Thanks again for alerting us to these things. As they say in the classics “The Law is an Ass”
The law has always been an ass, especially the style used in Anglo countries ie: adversarial law in which the one with the best gift of the gab wins, whereas the ‘inquisitorial’ law used in most Latin and other European countries and all European ex colonial countries except the the anglo use a system of inquiry. They have a Judge who inquires and the law is not based on juries or the best of the gift of the gab as here, so to my mind is more just . I just wonder why we do not use it here. Probably because lawyers would earn less!!!!!!. Laws too are made by humans who are fallible, so fallible laws.
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