Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Quote of the Day, and other musings...

from my fellow East Texan Robert Langham, aka Blackfork:
"If the drug war was going to be won, it would have been won by now. All it has done in my long lifetime is make Mexican Criminals rich enough to dissolve government below the border and fill up the prison system without having any effect on the price or availability of drugs. Let's try another approach.
"If judges were going to respect the Constitution, the jury process and jury nullification, we wouldn't be in this hideous, complex bureaucratic mess that the courts have become."
"...Traffic tickets? Come now. The muni court is an ATM for the city. Period. Has little or nothing to do with public safety."

Now, I know nothing of the validity (or lack thereof) of the case against Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, except to say that if he really committed the acts that he's charged with, he deserves nothing less than a bullet to the back of the head. But as for probably most drug and many gun cases, those are the ones that are tailor-made for jury nullification. It deserves to be asked to what extent the cure (that legislators and attorneys push in the form of these laws) is worse than the disease. But I'm betting it won't, and on down the road to police-state hell we go.