Posts Tagged ‘Justice’
Blind Justice

Andrew Bolt asked this question:

A toddler tragically stabbed to death and her mother attacked, too – all, reportedly, over an argument about going to the beach. But was this also a case of culture clash, in which Afghan notions of a wife’s duty to obey her husband have collided violently with Australia’s greater individualism?

I don’t know the answer, but wonder if the views of Judge Norris should apply:

Call to cut Aboriginal offenders’ sentences: The range of his proposals, accepted by the association, include recognising cultural and social circumstances as mitigating factors during sentencing, moving the focus from punishment to rehabilitation, conducting a ”cost/benefit analysis of incarceration” Hat tip Paul Sheehan

If cultural factors excuse bad behavior, then surely they do so irrespective of race? That’s if we can even call it bad behavior. After all, who are we to judge their cultural norms? Cultural colonialism is only one step away from cultural genocide.

Judge Norris is obviously a classic example of why Jury Nullification not judicial activism should determine when guilty people are released into the community rather than incarcerated.

Justice Left Behind explores the problems caused by the likes of Norris:

Activist judges reject precedent and impose their values when sentencing. This in turn sets precedents other leftwing judges can draw on when sentencing. It also sets precedent that conservative judges feel obliged to follow. Bleeding heart judges feel good about themselves when imposing lenient sentences or giving criminals another chance. They do not see the hidden costs of their selfish approach to sentencing. Costs such as:

  • Innocent people being harmed or forced to live in fear because criminals who should be incarcerated are preying on them or their neighbors.
  • People sentenced to inappropriately long sentences due to mandatory minimum sentences or three strikes and you are out laws.

Soft sentences cause people to lose faith in the system. Some may take the law into their own hands. Others demand the legislature act to ensure appropriate sentences. There are only so many things the legislature can do. None of them is cost free. Mandatory minimum sentences and three strike laws are ways the legislature addresses the problem. Activist judges injecting their values into sentences are the direct cause of mandatory minimum sentences or three strikes and you are out laws. These measures remove the ability of judges to impose overly lenient sentences or to impose appropriately lenient sentences.

Make no mistake. The progressive left and activist judges are directly responsible for the injustice that arises from mandatory minimum sentences and three strikes and you are out laws. Every instance should be one more nail in the progressive left coffin. It matters not how good or selfish their intentions are.

I could say that the likes of Norris are the reason why “the law is an ass”.  But given the murder of the two year old girl and stabbing of her mother I feel this could be inappropriate. It could give a lie to the origins of the phrase “the law is an ass”:

Olive Twist: “the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.” “If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass- a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience- by experience.”

So I will content myself with saying Judge Norris is an ass:

Judge Norris you are an ass. Your views bring the law into disrepute. My fellow citizens and I can have no faith in your judgment or the evenhandedness of your sentencing. If you have an ounce of integrity or respect for your office you will resign. You can then voice your stupid views to your hearts content.

I will also reflect on what fine people we are allowing into our community. The man may have gone on his stabbing rampage because he was prone to violence, rather than for cultural reasons. His self harm suggests it is not the typical Islamic honor killing. If this is the case should he be incarcerated for longer? After all, without mitigating cultural and social circumstances relevant to the crime then sentencing should be severe, particularly if he is not insane.

Justice is meant to be blind. I repeat, blind. It is meant to be blind to the accused skin color and to their social and cultural origins. Equality before the law is one of the defining characteristics of our civilization. Remove it and you remove a core component of our society. Without equality before the law our society will lack legitimacy. Lacking legitimacy it will not last long. Barbarism or despotism may replace it. Then we will all be far worse off, irrespective of our social and cultural background or the color of our skin.

 
Coming to Australia

Australians, it looks like a homicidal thief will be coming to a car near you:

Shoplifter who mowed down policeman told ‘Take 7-week trip-of-a-lifetime (from Britain to Australia) before we lock you up’

So much for British justice, so much for Australian immigration controls.

What’s the chance Australia will cancel her visa? Bear in mind we let anyone in who gets to our shore by boat and claims they will be persecuted if they return. Even if they behave like thugs, while still in custody!

Hat tip PC Watch

 
Obama’s TSA war crimes

Now I’m against all the international bodies trying to usurp the democratically imposed laws of the land. But the left love them, they can’t get enough of international bodies. No wonder their anthem was the International.

The victory of the international socialist faction in the war between it and the national socialists have, in their mind, put paid to the merits of the state. So let us give the left and Obama what they want:

The TSA are committing sexual assaults. They will fine people $10,000 if they refuse to be assaulted after arriving at the airport.

Obama, don’t be a hypocrite. Have yourself placed into custody and prosecuted by an international body:

Former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo went on trial overnight for rapes and murders allegedly committed by his troops.

The trial is seen as a warning that leaders face prosecution for sexual violence committed by their soldiers.

“Military commanders who let their men rape must know that they can be prosecuted,” even if they were far removed from their soldiers on the ground, he said.

Full report here

Lets hold the left to their own standard. How many times did the left call President Bush a war criminal? Well Obama is rapidly becoming responsible for more sexual assaults than anyone else in history. Way to go – to court. Let’s see this on the left wing talking points.

UPDATE

Market ticker has asked for the following email from Pete Blome to be distributed:

Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 16:48

Subject: Violations of the 4th Amendment

Or doesn’t that matter anymore?

The following are 22 quotes about enhanced pat downs and TSA groping.  They are presented without commentary because they speak for themselves.  Please share these quotes as widely as possible.  If Americans do not wake up now, when will they ever wake up?….

#1 Blogger Erin Chase:

I stood there, an American citizen, a mom traveling with a baby with special needs formula, sexually assaulted by a government official. I began shaking and felt completely violated, abused and assaulted by the TSA agent. I shook for several hours, and woke up the next day shaking.

#2 ABC News producer Carolyn Durand:

“The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around.”

#3 Wendy James Gigliotti:

“She said ’spread your legs.’ And then she took her full palms and started at my neck and ran all the way down my body, full palms, constant contact. And when she got down to my feet, she was in constant contact from my ankles all the way up to my groin, across my groin, and down the other leg. And she did that twice.”

#4 Female air traveler Ella Swift:

“The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels.”

#5 Flight attendant Cathy Bossi:

“She put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?’.  And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well, you’ll need to show me that’.”

#6 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:

“I think we all understand the concerns Americans have. It’s something new. Most Americans are not used to a real law enforcement pat-down like that.”

#7 A 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor:

“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”

#8 An anonymous TSA worker:

“Molester, pervert, disgusting, an embarrassment, creep. These are all words I have heard today at work describing me. …These comments are painful and demoralizing.”

#9 Robert Colella:

If some total stranger walked up to you in the street and said “I am either going to see you naked or touch your genitals”, What would be the likelihood of that person walking away from that encounter?

#10 CNN employee Rosemary Fitzpatrick:

“As an experienced traveler for work who was in tears for most of the search process, I have never experienced a more traumatic and invasive travel event!”

#11 Meagan Quinn:

I will not board an airplane in America until the TSA body scanners are gone. No one is seeing my naked body unless I let them. I will also not settle for being GROPED in public as an alternative.

#12 A lawsuit filed on behalf of a female college student from Amarillo Texas:

“As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs’ breasts to everyone in the area.”

#13 Bruce Sargent:

The sexual humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib is not so very different then the sexual humiliation being heaped on American air travelers at airports. Why is TSA torturing us to protect us?

#14 A 37-year-old Texas woman who had her nipple ring removed with a pair of pliers before she was allowed to pass through security:

“My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way.”

#15 A soldier returning from Afghanistan:

“So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers.”

#16 A flight attendant named Megan:

The agent went up my right leg first and then met my vagina with full force….the same on the other leg with the same result. She then used both of her hands to feel my breasts and squeezing them. At this point I was in shock.

#17 Jay Glover:

I spend on average $30K per year on business travel. The airlines get the bulk of this but hotels, car rentals, meals and miscellaneous expenses add up as well. Where I can cut travel, I will. When those associated with airport travel feel the financial pinch just watch how fast this all will change.

#18 Paul Craig Roberts:

It is difficult to imagine New Yorkers being porno-screened and sexually groped on crowded subway platforms or showing up an hour or two in advance for clearance for a 15 minute subway ride, but once bureaucrats get the bit in their teeth they take absurdity to its logical conclusion.

#19 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when asked if she would like to go through the new pat-downs:

“Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?”

#20 TSA Administrator John Pistole during a Congressional hearing:

“If you are asking me, am I going to change my policies? No.”

#21 U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller to TSA chief John Pistole:

“I Think You’re Doing A Terrific Job.”

#22 Congressman Ron Paul:

I introduced legislation last week that is based on a very simple principle: federal agents should be subject to the same laws as ordinary citizens. If you would face criminal prosecution or a lawsuit for groping someone, exposing them to unwelcome radiation, causing them emotional distress, or violating indecency laws, then TSA agents should similarly face sanctions for their actions.

UPDATE 2

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Randall Scott King, who has worked as a TSA behavior detection officer for nearly five years, allegedly tried to kill himself after abducting a woman, sexually assaulting her, then releasing her with a suicide note to deliver on his behalf. Hat tip Boing Boing