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    I am trying to distinguish between the sorts of crimes a normal person might commit - a one time mistake, if you will - and crimes which demonstrate that this person is morally not all there, and serving their time probably hasn't fixed that.

    Desperate man robs a bank - allow restoration of rights.

    Priest abuses a series of kids - he's a sick puppy and no restoration of rights; his votes are not likely to be in the best interests of society.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 03:27:14 PM PDT

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    •  you're arguing that crimes (9+ / 0-)

      committed for "good intentions" should allow for restoration of rights, but not those committed for "bad intentions."  As far as I'm concerned, the Constitution makes no such distinction based on intention about who's allowed to have their voting rights preserved.

      Besides, who are you to decide which ex-convicts' intentions were good ones, and which were bad ones?  I think what you're advocating here -- that ex-convicts' voting rights be denied based on the severity of their crime for which they were previously convicted -- might set a very bad precedent.  Any right-wing politician might decide that a certain crime was committed by a "normal" person might have been so egregious in his mind that they don't deserve to have their Constitutional rights protected.  I don't trust anybody with that kind of power.

    •  The Priest who abuses a series of kids (0+ / 0-)

      is likely a sick a puppy.

      Literally.  Suffering from a compulsion which he is responsible for not dealing with, like an alchoholic is responsible if they drive drunk.

      He should be kept away from children for life - not because he's a special kind of evil, but because he's a danger to children.

      How does his voting pose a similar risk to any individual, or to society?

      Justice Brennan Was A Recess Appointment

      by JesseCW on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 12:26:09 AM PDT

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