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    Not Dick Cheney, just a parent - I would be very supprised if you are one and would not do anthing to find your child.  If you're not a parent, someday, you may just agree with me.

    There are many unjust laws, as President-Elect Obama said, "you need to use a scalpel" - it would work in this case - laws are made to be vague and leave room for interpretation - the more specific a law, the worse the law is - that is the reason we have courts, jurys and judges - to interpret the law for a given situation.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 09:43:51 AM PST

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    •  I understand your point of view. (1+ / 0-)
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      I really do.  The constitution is a generalized document, at least in the way that courts have interpreted it. However laws are not supposed to be vague.  Vagueness is one of the reasons courts strike down some laws. The concept you may be referring to when you say,

      that is the reason we have courts, jurys and judges - to interpret the law for a given situation.

      is called jury nullification, the concept that a jury can and should overrule a judge's instructions about how the jury must consider a case at trial.

      A parent that can't think of a more appropriate response to the situation you describe is a person at risk of making a terrible blunder with far-reaching consequences, most of them unintended.

      Sorry not to validate your point. Children are the most important thing in most peoples' lives.  But the laws don't allow what you suggest.

      Educate yourself. Think for yourself. Be yourself. Do for others.

      by DHinIA on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 11:32:02 AM PST

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