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Rant on Crime. - April 10th 2016, 10:50 AM

I have been meaning to write this thread for a week or so now but I have had these thoughts with me for some time and it was only after the response to an incident that occurred that blurred the lines of victim and offendor that I have decided to speak out.

I really do not like criminal law.

I do not mind the law, laws are wonderful pieces of language and demonstrations of the power of the written word, and also a ratification of the fundamental rights we have as human beings. You cannot theoretically ignore words that are right in front of you, and this is the sort of thing that evidence relies on when people are challenging certain convictions and such things.

But I do not like criminal law.

All of this reached a head for me when someone named Benjamin Batterham was charged with murder after allegedly killing a burglar who attempted to rob his house, and in fact succeeded, with a handbag belonging to Mr. Batterham's wife on his person when an altercation took place in the hallway. This should be no trouble, a judge should sit down with the pieces of legislation involved in the matter at his person and goes forth in a nuanced and extremely detailed discussion of definitions and societal considerations before handing down some decisions, and we may be one step closer to defining self-Defense, or debating the very premise of its existance.

But, no instead we write petitions with headings such as, RELEASE Benjamin Batterham from custody WITH NO CHARGES NOW!

I think criminal law has been hijacked by people who have no qualification to comment on it. This is because crime is something so personal and it is something that everyone has a vested interest in the treatment of. However, the comment on legal proceedings without qualification leads to a loss of my hair. Firstly, it is not a suspect, it is a person of interest. It is not a confession, this is not the Catholic Church, it is called an admission. It is not an interrogation, it is an interview. It is not "innocent", it is "not guilty".

No way known that any judge worth his or her salt would consider making judgement on the purity of an offender's soul.

Let the people who know what the fuck they are doing do what the fuck they do. It is as simple as that. Can you imagine if people commented on science without qualification. Oh, actually, that is already true, with people using studies on unpaid work to go into pub room hilarities as to which gender does the most housework.

Because crime is something that everyone has a vested interest in, it is something that governments masturbate over. A government can get away with pretty much anything in the name of being tough on crime or having tough borders and national security measured in place. These include the ability for police to hold offenders without charge and the expenditure of billions upon billions on killing machines, but that is a matter for another, much shorter thread. This is especially true in Australia, because the worst government in Australian history has only one thing on its side: National Security. The Opposition Party in Australia disagrees with everything the government does, except in the case of National Security, where it agrees with everything the government does.

All pens drops for war or unattended bags.

People say that many of the measures and definitions surrounding self Defense and the treatment of crime are there for the welfare of criminals. Is that not a good thing? In the United States, where people could not give a flying fuck about the welfare of criminals, people get charged 4.5 years for drug possession, to be served in commercially owned facilities. People have no idea what they are getting themselves in for.

I can only recommend that people leave criminal law in the hands of people who do know, it is now a basket case to me.


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