Sunday, July 10, 2011

Quote of the Day

 ....even when I knew the car had dope, the guy was dirty or whatever, it wasn't worth my integrity and our rights to cross the line for one bad guy.  -- Captain Tightpants in his comments about the Casey Anthony verdict.

I tend to feel about this in the same way I felt about the OJ Simpson verdict.  My gut tells me the accused was guilty, but that the jury was correct in not convicting based on their guts.  Better that a few guilty villains walk free than to see a single innocent man be convicted because the bar was set too low or someone compromised themselves to make a case.  We make things hard for police and prosecutors on purpose.  To paraphrase Alan, only in a police state are things easy for the police.

As always, my thoughts and prayers go out for our police.  As much as I complain about the law and how it's handled here, I've seen way too many places where it's applied the way the local strongman wants it applied. usually to the detriment of but a few.  The sheer number of good men and women who are willing to give up the better part of their youth in order to keep me and mine safe while we sleep is a testament to the underlying strength of our culture.  There's a reason the last line in my nightly prayer is "Dear Lord, protect those who protect us."

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