Monday, January 25, 2016

The Justice Dichotomy Between Left and Right

It is now OK to break the law in order to save Gaia:
Can Breaking the Law Be a Legal Defense?

...last Friday a group of Seattle-area jurors found the so-called Delta 5 not guilty of obstruction for blockading a regional oil facility in 2014. The protest and the acquittal were notable as part of a growing wave of anti-oil-gas-and-coal citizen actions that has swept the country in the past few years, and the courtroom in Snohomish County was treated to a master class on why principled lawbreaking is just the tonic needed to cure our government’s woeful inaction on warming.

But what law students of the future will learn about the Delta 5 trial is something a bit more arcane, if no less momentous. For the first time in the United States, a jury heard testimony that defendants’ criminal actions were justified by “climate necessity”—that is, the argument that it’s better to break the law while getting in a few punches at the fossil fuel system than to sit back and lawfully watch the world burn.
But of course that's just for the Left:
Harris grand jury indicts pair behind Planned Parenthood videos

A Harris County grand jury probe into Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast ended Monday with the indictments of two anti-abortion activists.

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were both indicted for tampering with a governmental record. An additional indictment for prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs was issued for Daleiden, according to a release from the Harris County District Attorneys Office.
WAIT! WHAT?? These dead things are HUMAN?? Who knew?

I predict that this pair will have the book thrown at them.

Closing the dichotomy in Missouri?
Mizzou Media Professor Melissa Click Charged With Siccing 'Muscle' On Reporter

The University of Missouri media professor who drew scorn for siccing "some muscle" on a campus reporter was formally charged with misdemeanor assault Monday.

Melissa Click was charged with third-degree assault and faces up to 15 days in jail if convicted, Kristina Wolf, a spokeswoman for the city prosecutor's office in Columbia, Missouri, told NBC News.

Click was caught on video last fall trying to block reporter Mark Schierbecker from covering a protest by a group called Concerned Student 1950 about the school's handling of a series of racist incidents on campus.
Interesting times...

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