The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 October 2004

We just don't have enough darn jeopardy

From the Only in New Jersey files:

In Franklin Township on the 26th of April, Robert J. Clark Jr. shot and killed a man in his back yard who was trying to steal his all-terrain vehicle. Gloucester County prosecutors charged Clark with murder, aggravated assault and a weapons violation.

The county grand jury, faced with the details, voted not to indict Clark on any of the charges, and in fact charged another man, alleged to be an accomplice of the thief, with burglary and theft.

Prosecutors are not taking this rebuff lying down, and are considering taking Clark's case to a second grand jury.

Then again, we're talking New Jersey here, where, says the New Jersey Coalition for Self-Defense, "the penalty for using Mace to fend off a rapist has a more severe punishment than the legal sanction for rape."

Obligatory Oklahoma comparison: This weekend Tulsa hosts the world's largest gun show at Expo Square.

Posted at 3:34 PM to Dyssynergy

"If the government is cruel, the governor's life is not safe. If you tax too high, the revenue will yield nothing. If you make the criminal code sanguinary, juries will fail to convict. If the law is too mild, private vengeance comes in."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Compensation"

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 3:56 PM on 22 October 2004

Yes, the world's largest gun show, 11 acres of guns and knives. Are you going? If you do, be sure you know how to do what I call the "gun show shuffle."

Posted by: Babs at 5:40 PM on 23 October 2004

If you tax too high, the revenue will yield nothing.

Well, there you have it: Ralph Waldo Emerson embraces the Laffer Curve.

Posted by: McGehee at 6:51 PM on 23 October 2004