"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Monday, October 02, 2006

Legal Logic

Foley, a Republican [congressman] from Florida, resigned Friday after his alleged e-mail exchanges with a teenage male page were made public, and the House voted to launch an investigation. Foley apologized to his family and his constituents. Foley, ho co-chaired the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, did not ention the messages that brought him down. The six-term representative has pushed legislation to crack down on Internet child pornography and tighten tracking rules for sex offenders.

Maybe it's just that it's Monday, but I'm having trouble following the suggestions from some lawyer types (here, referring to "sex-offender panic;", here, and here) that because this guy turns out to be a predator that there is something wrong or misdirected with trying to crack down on child sexual predators. Kinda like saying that if a lawmaker is caught raping a woman we should repeal any rape laws he sponsored.

Maybe these apologists for pederasty are simply applying the maxim of ol' "three generations of imbeciles are enough" Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: "the life of the law has not been logic, it has been experience."

There certainly isn't much logic in their conclusions about this incident.

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