Saturday, February 14, 2009

And now back to the outrage...

Pennsylvania Judges lining their own pockets by sending teenagers to jail:

Using the government's monopoly on the use of force to intentionally and wrongfully imprisoning someone is something that deserves summary execution, in the Curmudgeon sentencing guidelines.

But of course, it's really not that big of a deal to the government---a few years at most:

Conahan, who along with Ciavarella faces up to seven years in prison, did not make any comment on te case.
The only hope is that they get sent to some prison where there's a once-innocent teenager, ruined by these bastards, with an axe to grind (yes, a literal axe).

But of course their buddies on the bench will look our for them. Maybe a few hours of picking up trash will be all they get.

But Curmudgeon how can you and a Christian say such things? How dare you suggest we (and the incarcerated kids) do anything but turn the other cheek! Christians are supposed to be merciful and forgiving!

I'm reminded of a scene from Henry V:

The mercy that was quick in us but late,
By your own counsel is suppress'd and kill'd:
You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy;
For your own reasons turn into your bosoms,
As dogs upon their masters, worrying you.

But of course, we aren't governed by a conscience any more...either a good one like Shakespeare's King Henry or a bad one. We're governed by the mob, and by the corrupt men who are its master. So we can expect these guys to get off with a weekend of picking up trash all the same. It will be curious to hear if this gets meaningful attention in this age where government is good.

On the other hand, it would be delightful if perhaps we could imprison 1,000 to 2,000 judges for parking tickets, minor offenses and arrogant behaviour. Turnabout's fair play!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of how disturbing it is that so many of our regular prisons are privately owned. It would be interesting to find out who the investors are...