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November 22, 2007

Not Murder if Committed by a Doctor

Filed under: Abortion,Ethics,Politics,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 3:53 pm
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Here we have an interesting ruling by a Texas Appeals Court that allows the killing of a fetus to be prosecuted as murder, regardless of the fetus’ stage of development, so long as the killing isn’t the result of an abortion:

Wednesday’s ruling by the Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal by Terence Lawrence, who said his right to due process was violated because he was prosecuted for two murders for killing a woman and her 4- to 6-week-old fetus.

The court ruled unanimously that state laws declaring a fetus an individual with protections do not conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that protects a woman’s right to an abortion.

Lawrence was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life for the 2004 shooting death of his girlfriend, Antwonyia Smith, and the couple’s unborn child. Lawrence shot Smith after learning she was pregnant with his child, according to court documents.

Surely there is no one out there to sympathize with Terence Lawrence for slaying his girlfriend because she was pregnant with his child. But did he murder his unborn child?

Murder is defined as the premeditated, deliberate killing of another human being. By definition the Texas court applies the human being label to unborn fetuses if it can be considered murder to kill one.

Is abortion not the premeditated, deliberate killing of another human being (as unborn children are human beings according to Texas)? Abortion is premeditated, deliberate, and results in a death; therefore we must conclude for the first time that in some instances murder is permissible.

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November 21, 2007

It’s On

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

After 68 years of silence, the United States Supreme Court finally agreed on Tuesday to rule on the meaning of the above text; the Second Amendment – after dancing around it way back in 1939.

What we will hopefully know by the end of this year’s term: does the Second Amendment guarantee an individual right to have (keep and bear) a gun for private use, or does it only protect the collective right of an organized military (National Guard)?

The city of Washington’s appeal (District of Columbia v. Heller) seeking to revive its flat ban on private possession of handguns that was ruled unconstitutional by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to be heard in March with a decision a few months later.

September 11, 2007

Jesus Survives Latest ACLU Attack

Filed under: ACLU,Democrats,Politics,Religion,Republicans,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 2:03 pm

I’ve been following this case for awhile and am pleased that the court didn’t give in to the ACLU’s ridiculous demand that a portrait of Jesus be taken off a wall inside a Louisiana courthouse:

A disputed portrait of Jesus Christ will remain at the Slidell city courthouse in Louisiana after a federal judge refused to grant a demand by the American Civil Liberties Union to have the painting removed.

The Jesus portrait, which had been on display in the courthouse for more than a decade, had spurred the ACLU to file a lawsuit claiming that the display violated the separation of church and state.

An interesting fact you won’t hear from others covering this story, especially those who sided with the ACLU, is that the judge who dismissed the case, Ivan Lemelle, is a President Clinton appointee.

Yet expect many to blame the ruling on President Bush’s efforts to Christianize the nation and drive the courts in a fundamentally conservative direction.

August 28, 2007

Senator Craig’s Non-Conservative Bathroom Adventures

He says he’s not gay. I couldn’t care less. The police report is highly uneventful and hardly worth the media fanfare covering the minor charges of “interference with privacy” and “disorderly conduct,” but he pleaded guilty anyway, and now regrets admitting guilt. With good reason too, as the available evidence would probably not have held up in court had Craig fought the charges.

But is he a hypocrite, as many have suggested, for being a conservative Republican while living a liberal social life? Hardly. Gays don’t have to support the legislation pushed by the homosexual lobby. You can be gay and oppose same-sex marriage at the same time. Blacks don’t have to support affirmative action. Women don’t have to support abortion. Christians don’t have to support prayer in schools.

Let’s not be so quick to accuse everyone of being a self-hater because they live a life that supposedly doesn’t fit their voting record. Let’s especially not use this incident to encourage Senator Craig to shed his conservative ideology and come out as the next gay-rights crusader.

August 24, 2007

John Couey Sentenced to Die

Filed under: Capital Punishment,Democrats,Politics,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 3:40 pm

Whenever a high profile killer is sentenced to death I like to see how the folks at Democratic Underground handle it. While I don’t support capital punishment I will hardly feel sorry for the man who kidnapped, raped and killed a nine-year-old girl. Many Democrats feel the same way, but a great number are preparing for John Couey’s vigil. Call our system barbaric if you want to, but it gave him at least 24 chances; one for every burglary arrest on his record.

If any part of our criminal justice system needs an immediate overhaul it’s not the death penalty, it’s the lax treatment we afford to repeat offenders.

August 10, 2007

Silence is the New Jesus

Filed under: Politics,Religion,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 3:09 pm

At least one Texas couple believes the state has gone too far by requiring students to observe a moment of silence before the commencement of classes. Governor Rick Perry and a school district have been sued over the alleged child abuse:

David Wallace Croft and his wife, Shannon, of Carrollton, Texas, have three children at Rosemeade Elementary and argue that the moment of silence is unconstitutional and amounts to state-sanctioned school prayer.

The couple has a history of complaints against religious-affiliated words and images in schools, having previously complained about Boy Scout rallies held during school, fliers sent home about Good News Bible Club meetings and the inclusion of “Silent Night” and a Hanukkah song in holiday concerts, according to report.

Krista Moody, a spokeswoman for Perry, said the moment of silence law that the Crofts filed a suit against on March 1, 2006, was passed in 2003 and calls for students to observe a moment of silence after reciting pledges to the U.S. and Texas flags each day.

Not much to say on this one. I guess if you tried…really hard, you could somehow almost see how standing in a moment of silence is tantamount to forcing prayer into a young impressionable mind. Leave that crap to the Boy Scouts.

August 7, 2007

Firefighters Forced to Attend Gay Pride Parade

Filed under: Interesting News,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 3:56 pm

Trying to clean up its image the FDNY halted the production of its annual firefighters calendar once a racy “Guys Gone Wild” video of a nude fireman featured in their calendar surfaced on the internet.

Apparently the ethical standards are a little different on the west coast where four firefighters were ordered to participate in Gay Pride Parade and be subjected to sexual harassment. One of the firefighters said he endured more stress during the parade than in his years of “finding bodies in burning buildings” and “traffic accidents with kids.”

The firefighters plan to sue the city and have recently filed a complaint that contains some pretty explicit language describing what they endured and the treatment they received from ogling homosexuals and parade attendees.

It will be interesting to see what kind of response comes out of this, whether it be an acknowledgement of the lewdness at Gay Pride parades, or a condemnation against the firefighters and their supporters for being bigots in need of tolerance training.

July 29, 2007

So Much for Freedom of Expression

Filed under: Interesting News,Politics,Republicans,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 4:16 pm

No, this man wasn’t arrested in some totalitarian country for throwing a Quran down a toilet, he was charged right here in the USA under bogus hate-crime legislation:

(AP) NEW YORK A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, police said.

The Islamic holy book was found in a toilet at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus by a teacher on Oct. 13. A student discovered another book in a toilet on Nov. 21, police said.

Muslim activists had called on Pace University to crack down on hate crimes after the incidents. As a result, the university said it would offer sensitivity training to its students.

Treatment of the Quran is a sensitive issue for Muslims, who view the book as a sacred object and mistreating it as an offense against God. The religion teaches that the Quran is the direct word of God.

So now hate crimes encompass religious intolerance. Well, religious intolerance against Muslims anyway. Mark Steyn makes the excellent observation over at The Corner that the defendant should have just claimed what he was doing was “art.” After all, it worked for the artist who received grant money to fund his award-winning exhibit featuring Jesus submerged in a glass of his own urine.

There’s a lot of religious intolerance in this country. It’s your right to distain religion. As I noted above, Christianity-bashing is such a blood sport that we aren’t surprised by examples of hatred toward it. But if you can now be charged with a hate-crime for simply throwing a book down a toilet, I will support any action taken by an offended Christian who sees his religion being degraded. Of course, I’d rather just see an end to hate-crime legislation.

July 19, 2007

An Inconvenient Link

Filed under: Capital Punishment,Child Exploitation,Politics,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 4:44 pm

It isn’t published yet, but when this supposedly controversial study makes it rounds I doubt we’ll see any much needed changes to the status quo:

Experts have often wondered what proportion of men who download explicit sexual images of children also molest them. A new government study of convicted Internet offenders suggests that the number may be startlingly high: 85 percent of the offenders said they had committed acts of sexual abuse against minors, from inappropriate touching to rape.

The study, which has not yet been published, is stirring a vehement debate among psychologists, law enforcement officers and prison officials, who cannot agree on how the findings should be presented or interpreted.

This yet-to-be-published study surprises me as much as the discovery of the extensive criminal history of the rapist who just gave us another pretty white girl to bury.

Studies have widely found a link between pornography and violent criminals, so it’s only natural to see a link between child abusers and child pornography. Of course, not all subscribers and purveys of pornography are criminals, but unlike collectors of child rags they don’t have to suppress their sexual urges to be on the good side of the law.

It is simply not a baffling discovery when one who has been released on charges of possessing child pornography is found to be in the inappropriate company of children. The 85% statistic means that the other 15 weren’t bold enough to act on their desires.

Unfortunately, hard prison (the one rational solution) takes a backseat to theory of rehabilitation adopted by criminologists and “health experts” who try to do the humane thing by recycling society’s most depraved back into the community thinking they’ve made them more productive.

But then a body turns up and we have just gone from discussing what to do with middle-level sex offenders to debating capital punishment and how we could have “seen it coming.”

So we ask: How many offenders in that 85% category have been convicted of a felony or sex crime before molesting a child – before getting busted for viewing child pornography? Then we realize that a two-month sentence for inappropriate contact with a minor is too short and by getting tougher we can prevent someone from molesting a child who only then gets caught for the lesser offense of viewing child porn – because they’ll be behind bars.

It really is that easy.

July 18, 2007

Three Cheers for Senator Feinstein

Filed under: Congress,Democrats,Politics,Republicans,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 10:53 pm

That’s right. I’m showing love for Senator Dianne Feinstein. It’s the first and probably last time for the Democratic senator but she should be commended for trying to free Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. In the wake of Scooter Libby’s commuted sentence, President Bush really has no choice in the matter:

WASHINGTON — Sens. John Cornyn and Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday joined the ranks of lawmakers urging President Bush to release two Border Patrol agents sentenced to more than a decade in prison each for wounding a Mexican drug courier.

A group of Republican House members also has called on Bush to commute the sentences or pardon Compean and Ramos, echoing the demands of predominantly conservative grassroots advocacy organizations that are rallying behind the two agents. Pressure for the agents’ release escalated after Bush commuted the sentence of convicted former vice presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Ramos and Compean were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison respectively after they were convicted on more than a half-dozen charges in the shooting of Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila on Feb. 17, 2005. Aldrete-Davila was shot in the buttocks as he fled from the agents after abandoning a van loaded with marijuana. He escaped across the border but later re-emerged as the key witness against the two agents.

Feinstein and Cornyn challenged the prosecutor’s decision to include a firearms charge that mandated a 10-year minimum sentence. The firearms offense was unnecessary, the senators said in their letter to Bush, since prosecutors lodged 12 charges against the agents, some of which were dropped by the jury.

It is without question that the two agents screwed up by failing to report the shooting, but that’s not why they’re doing more time in prison than most child sex offenders. The prosecutor nailed them on gun crimes that carry mandatory sentences.

Border Patrol agents are required to carry firearms due to the nature of their jobs. In this case the two agents used them when they thought it was necessary because they thought the drug runner had a weapon of his own. They may be guilty of violating policy, but they certainly shouldn’t be put on par with felons who wantonly use firearms to commit violent crimes, and that’s exactly what the prosecutor has done.

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