Legalizing Murder

by | Feb 6, 2007 | Stress Blog | 2 comments

The heroic James Bovard reminds us just how thin the “rule of law” really is. According to the President’s lawyers:

“The necessity defense may prove especially relevant in the current circumstances.

First, the defense is not limited to certain types of harms. Therefore, the harm inflicted by necessity may include intentional homicide, so long as the harm avoided is greater (i.e., preventing more deaths).

Second, it must actually be the defendant’s intention to avoid the greater harm’¦.

Third, if the defendant reasonably believed that the lesser harm was necessary, even if, unknown to him, it was not, he may still avail himself of the defense’¦.”

Pardon me for insisting that this is not okay.

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