Restore the Old Republic
Posted Dec 10, 2005 22:24 UTC (Sat) by jmorris42
In reply to: Restore the Old Republic
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> I can see that you aren't terribly open to alternative ways of viewing
> things (so you must really hate lawyers), but lots and lots of smart
> people believe that the fact tried in OJ's first trial was not the same
> fact that was tried in the second.
Yes I do hate laywers, they are a wicked and depraved subspecied that devolved from H. Sapiens about a hundred years ago. ;) But that is beside the point.
As a matter of fact I'm convinced OJ did indeed kill those people, but unless I am ready to declare a revolution and attempt to replace our form of Government, the basic responsibilities of Citizenship require certain things of me. One of those is respecting the verdicts of juries, and a jury of OJ's peers duly declared him to be "Not Guilty" and that has to be that as far as any legally binding decisions. That verdict should have been more than enough to end the civil trial. Simply submit the verdict from the criminal court and the judge should have brought the case to an end with "OJ didn't kill em, he therefore cannot be liable for these deaths. Period, full stop."
YOu can't 'have other ways of viewing' these things, you either respect our system of justice and abide by it's verdicts or you don't, viewing it as just a system to be gamed for benefit. Now I would like to see the system improved, so obvious mistakes like OJ's case happen less often, but that is an entirely different matter from saying I reserve the right to ignore court rulings I don't like.
(And yes I do reserve that right to ignore the system, but as overt acts of Civil Disobediance in which I accept the possibility of prosecution and even punishment.)
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