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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:23 PM

When did rule of law and judicial system become debatable ideas here? [View all]

In the past day I've seen three different threads where some members of this community were advocating or at least saw no problem with extra-judicial killing of criminals. The various Dorner threads are the most obvious example of this with some posters being okay with the the idea that the LAPD started the fire to kill Dorner.

There was another long thread about the man who shot the drunk driver who killed his kids and a lot DUers were fine with acquitting the guy as if he had done nothing wrong. To be fair, if I were on the jury and the choices were between murder in the 1st or 2nd degree or acquittal, I would vote to acquit. However, we have the crime of manslaughter to cover what the father did.

Then we have a thread where a couple of posters were hoping fellow inmates killed a child rapist who had been sentenced to life in prison. His crime was horrible, no one can dispute that and I hope he rots there for the rest of his days, but I find it very disturbing that some of us are okay with letting others take the law into their own hands, especially when some of those "others" are gangsters.

So, in your opinion, when is it okay to cast aside the rule of law and the judicial process? Is it okay to allow prisoners to kill someone in prison if we feel that the legal punishment wasn't harsh enough for their crime? Is it okay to allow cops to make themselves executioners when it comes to dealing with cop-killers? Should society approve of a father taking the law into his own hands and killing someone who was no longer a threat?

If we do approve in any of the above situations then where do we draw the line? Legally theft isn't punishable by death, but wouldn't be surprised if there is some Objectivist asshole out there who feels that his property is as important as a father's kids. Should we allow the Objectiveist to kill the thief if he is unconscious since he feels theft should be a capital crime? This is the biggest danger in tolerating vigilantism or "street justice" everyone has their own standards of justice and may feel that the law isn't firm enough so they have a right to take the law into their hands. Simply put, I feel that we either believe in a rule of law and the judicial process or we don't. We can't have it both ways.

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