Monday, May 30, 2005

True Fascistic Tyranny
The next time someone you know complains about the injustice of the U.S. judicial system or the harshness of its drug laws, remind them of this. I don't know whether this young woman is guilty or not. However, I do know that the evidence presented (drugs found in bags that were out of her posession, unlocked, and in the hands of numerous individuals) wouldn't meet preponderance of the evidence standards in the U.S. And note how Thailand completely excludes any exculpatory evidence that would favor the defendant. This is little more than a show trial. However, its ridiculous evidentiary standards pale in comparision to its horrific sentencing guidelines. Death for 9 pounts of pot? Life in prision? Even the 20 year prison sentence she recieved is draconian beyond belief. Thailand (along with Singapore and many other such nations) seem to have never heard the adage 'let the punishment fit the crime.' Tell your friends and family: skip out on the Bali trip for the near future. Stick to vacation sites with reasonable justice systems...or you may end up on a permanent vacation. D.GOOCH


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