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I can't really find my way through all you say. Except to repeat that you seem in your reasoning to be assuming that someone has been accused of something and a trial is taking place. Neither of these is true. The presumption of innocence is perfectly intact, since no allegedly illegal act has taken place, no prosecution has been brought, and no trial is under way.

Secondly, if we are to follow your understanding of the law, better far be a lying, cheating shitsack who promises to disobey a law, than a retired Supreme Court judge(§) who answers a question about his reading of the text of a Bill. That is, judging by your defence of the one and copious censure of the other.

(§) Let it not be said that I am an admirer of Jonathan Sumption, who from my point of view is just another Eton-n-Oxford reactionary. Since you mention Dickens in another comment, let's have this :

Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, over the course of time, become so complicated, that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least; but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises. Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it. Scores of persons have deliriously found themselves made parties in Jarndyce and Jarndyce without knowing how or why; whole families have inherited legendary hatreds with the suit. The little plaintiff or defendant, who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled, has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world. Fair wards of court have faded into mothers and grandmothers; a long procession of Chancellors has come in and gone out.

Moar equity !!! ;)


Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 06:23:56 PM EST
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