Re: Radcliffe bad press
Robert Gerhard (RAGerhard@AOL.COM)
Thu, 8 May 1997 09:27:15 -0400
In a message dated 97-05-03 07:00:09 EDT, you write:
> I doubt very much that it's irrelevant to the FL courts. In the initial
> press release, the comment from the police was something like "usually
> it's a case where someone forgot they had the gun packed". Sounds like
> they were not too worried about it at the time. Intent to commit a
> crime is very relevant when doling out punishment.>>
Punishment, yes; verdict, no. And so, the fact that Jere "forgot" is still
not relevant. He still broke the law. While the judge has some leeway in
deciding punishment, the verdict must still be guilty or innocent. There is
no guilty with an asterisk. The punishment may be constructed to fit the
crime, but not the verdict.
>The speeding is not a good analogy because the limit is posted everywhere
and it's >your duty to know the limit.
It is posted in every airport that it is illegal to board with weapons in
your carry-on luggage. It is your duty to know and comply with this law
also. Sounds like a good analogy to me.
> Besides, that's just a lame excuse. So how about "Gee, Your Honor (the
judge >decides the punishment, not the officer), I didn't know my
speedometer was >inaccurate."?
That doesn't work, either. It is your responsibility to ensure that your
motor vehicle functions properly in accordance with the law. (Been there,
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