A well written piece on our society now from a legal perspective…
I recently got a ticket from a metered light. It cost about $800, the only ticket I have ever gotten. This is the definition of cruel and unusual punishment.
- The “essential predicate” is “that a punishment must not by its severity be degrading to human dignity,” especially torture.
- “A severe punishment that is obviously inflicted in wholly arbitrary fashion.” (Furman v. Georgia temporarily suspended capital punishment for this reason.)
- “A severe punishment that is clearly and totally rejected throughout society.”
- “A severe punishment that is patently unnecessary.”
Now let us imagine that we have a state that is educational instead of punitive. I would be warned not to do it again as it was a first offense or encouraged to take a class, but we have a system that is designed to punish and fine. The Judge wanted to reduce the fine or throw…
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