Sounds like a good way to beat traffic court cases. The Cops wherever I go seem to like the old ignorance is no excuse excuse… However when you stack 10-12 books 2.5 feet high on a desk and tell the jurors they have no excuse to not know this half of the law I imagine that would work rather well…
Tacitus said it, Ron W quoted it, I believe it, and that about settles it, save to say: Tacitus could say that in just six words. Scrappy little language, Latin. Terse.
I can’t top it, won’t try, but here’s an aside: In the 7/29 Wall St Jrnl, Prof R Michael Cassidy of Boston College Law School writes, “”What you fail to discuss is the prosecutorial discretion imbedded in our criminal justice system. Not every violation of criminal law brought to the attention of law enforceement authorities results in indictment.”
That was meant to make you feel better. I bet Tacitus would recognize that attitude–and say it in fewer words.
My dad always had the belief that there should be a set number of laws, and any time you wanted a new one you had to find one to repeal; that way you would tend to not pass laws without a “damn good reason”, as he put it.
There are some times when I think he may have had a good idea there.