My example above points out what we should already know intrinsically: that law is drafted by people, individuals, each with their own ideals, passions, beliefs and faults. Individuals who are capable of making mistakes or even of willfully doing harm for their own gain. Of course, the democratic system used by our host countries does not place all that responsibility within the hands of individuals. But a sub-committee, or a committee, or even a house of legislature is still merely the sum of its parts, and if an individual to make a mistake, than it follows that a group of them can also make a mistake.
Erm... that above paragraph doesn't really please me, so let me put it more plainly: If people are not always perfect, it stands to reason that neither are laws.
Thus we change laws, reworking them, adding and subtracting from them over time until we have a set that works. And as time goes by we sometimes discover that a law that worked yesterday doesn't work today, and we either begin the process over again, or we scrap the law entirely. and sometimes a new facet of society creates the need for additional laws. We've been doing it for thousands of years, and, I pray, we will continue doing it. We must always question whether our laws are still relevant. If we blindly accept the laws as they exist, we impede legal progress. I think we owe it to ourselves and each other to do better than that.
Unfortunately our legal system, and more importantly the people who run it, don't think that way. Or rather they do think that way and in fact know the "right way" to do things, but they don't because the Legal System makes money. Lots of money. That's the real problem. Even here in the United States where our legal system is Supposed to be Free. To quote a bunch of cops off TV, "If you can not afford legal counsel a court appointed lawyer will be provided for you". That doesn't work...at all. You know why? Because that Lawyer works FOR the Court and the Legal System. He doesn't work for the person he's Supposed to be defending. He makes his living getting paid to make sure people Go To Jail and Stay There. The more people who are in jail the more Job Security he has. If he actually Defends all his clients and makes sure they don't go to jail the jails would be empty and his job wouldn't be as necessary. The Legal Counsel provided by the state isn't going to be the same Quality Defense as if say you were to pay $250,000 for Johnnie Cochran (if he were still alive).
The very second the Legal System became a Business was the very second any Real Justice went flying out the window. Here in Florida Incarceration makes more money then Tourism. A State with tons of World Famous theme parks (Disney World, Sea World, Epcot), the worlds most famous party beach (Daytona), the second Capitol of Racing (for Nascar), the Sunshine State where millions of the elderly flock to so they can retire in comfort, one of the Headquarters for the United States Space Program (Nasa)......The very same State makes more money off keeping people in jail then it does off All those things combined.
I caught this on the news just a few nights ago. It's a story involving a bunch of kids that ALL go to the SAME Highschool. Two of them just so happen to be 18 and both seniors, but the bottom line in My eyes is they are ALL kids. Anyway here's the story copy/pasted from this website on local news.
LAKELAND -- Two high school baseball players face felony charges after they were caught in a car engaged in sexual activities with two girls.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the two girls were on a Friday night double date. Judd said they were parked on the side of a road behind a Lakeland subdivision engaged in makeout sessions with their boyfriends.
Polk County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Donna Wood said there was sexual penetration. Judd said that conduct is illegal.
"This is a slam dunk," Judd said. "It is a clear felony of the second degree."
The two males, Eric Arce and Kyle Wohlfarth-Simmons, are 18-year-old seniors at Lakeland High School. The girls are minors, 14 and 15 years old.
A Polk County deputy found the four in the car and told the students' parents what happened, and the girls' parents decided to press charges.
Judd said cases similar to this one are common, but that most parents opt to hand down their own punishments and sign waivers declining formal charges.
If parents want to prosecute, Judd said they have the legal right to do so.
"As a daddy, if my 14-year-old little girl is engaged in that conduct with an 18-year-old man, the safest place he could be is in the county jail," Judd said.
Wohlfarth-Simmons is charged with lewd battery and Arce is charged with lewd battery and lewd molestation.
Arce and Wohlfarth-Simmons are suspended indefinitely from their school's baseball team.
According to Bay News 9's newspaper partner, the Lakeland Ledger, Arce is projected to be a second round pick in this summer's major league baseball amateur draft.
Note: It wasn't stated in this particular story, but, both girls have stated that everything that happened was consensual.
My personal views....THAT is INSANE!!! They are about to RUIN these two BOYS lives forever. For What?!?!?! All they did was the same thing every other Highschool Student is doing. The same thing every guy reading this Right Now has probably done, and we all know it. Of course if you give the parents the choice they're going to press charges. If any of those parents happen to be fathers do you really think they're going to be able to handle the fact that "Daddy's little angel" is putting out? Hell No!!! They're going to Completely Forget about all the girls they slept with when they were in Highschool. They aren't going to think about all the things they did with girls when they were in school even after the fact that they turned 18 and were Still in Highschool. To those Dads those BOYS are evil monsters that took advantage of a little girls innocence.
When I saw this on the news I saw the interview with the Sheriff. When he said "This is a slam dunk, It is a clear felony of the second degree." this prick had a big toothy smile and acted like he was proud of him-self for taking two dangerous pedophiles off the streets. Where's the so called "Romeo and Juliet" act here that's supposed to protect highschool kids from stuff like this? No-where in sight, that's where. The State is ignoring it's own guidelines so it can make some money ruining these BOYS lives and making them Sex Offenders so it can keep making money off them for the rest of their lives. On top of that any futures these boys had is now gone. No Major League Baseball contracts. No draft picks. No college, and no job will ever hire them because they're now considered pedophiles and monsters in the eyes of society.
The Laws are set up to make money, not to protect society. The "Protect and Serve" part when flying out the window when money started being made and someone had the bright idea that if there were more laws that could be broken they could make more people into criminals and hence make more off prosecuting them.
(Sorry to get so far off topic with something else involving legal matters but this whole thing just pisses me off to no end)