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Wow.

So apparently the U.S. isn't alone in seriously fucked up legal problems.

Just... yow.

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khaman
Nov. 15th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Holy Jesus fuck.

What does it mean that we (and I mean we in the species sense, I did in fact, unlike some of the commentary, grok that this was in merry wee England) cannot tell when common sense should rule over binary law?

What does it mean when we rely so firmly on black v. white when a simple application of grey matter means that this guy won't go to pris for 5 years for BEING THE GOOD GUY? I mean shit, if he'd have known, he should have shot someone and at least owned the crime.

"Here, your honor. I'd have just turned the damn thing in and been a good, upright, helpful citizen, but nae sir, I had to pop a couple caps because, I mean, fuck, you lot were going to screw me for it anyway!" At which point a devious defense attorney tries the whole goddamn system for a murder that could have been prevented by people not being arses and thinking for themselves.

I just.

ABLAAAAAARRRRGH.
reesei
Nov. 15th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Reading through some of the comments, this is not necessarily as clearcut a case as "good samaritan gets caught by rigid law" - which makes me want to know more about the circumstances before I formulate a response. There are several references to clashes between this guy and law enforcement in the month before this case came to court.

If some of the comments were true, it's more a case of "couldn't convict him on these other charges, but we can make this one stick" - which is a very different kind of problem (or potential abuse of justice) than the one the poster sets out.
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