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originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
The O.J. Simpson trial showed us all how money can get you off the hook for murder. That circus was pounded into us on a daily basis on T.V. for a really long time while is was on going.
If you have the cash and a dream team of lawyers, you can walk away free a raging murderer. That was a clear message everyone should have learned at that time.
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: Aazadan
No, I'm not saying to have points and fines. I'm saying remove the fines. You may not even need to point system at all, like I said this is just an idea. But the idea is that you remove "payments" as part of the sentence/punishment. Now if part of the conviction is to pay back money you stole or damaged property then that would still apply. That would go regardless of wealth since that is in addition to a punishment. However, you remove all other methods such as fines that are for criminal misconduct.
You would also need to remove other ways of using money to slant the system of justice. Because the fact is that right now the way things are, if you have lots of money you can literally commit serious offenses and simply pay fines for them.
I'm not saying I have all the details worked out or anything. I'm just trying to get some dialog going to discuss the fact that we have no justice system at all. There is no justice for anyone because the law isn't being applied equally and by allowing money as the means of Repayment to society it is impossible to even apply it equally because it's indirectly conditional to one's wealth. So if you're rich you can commit crimes without worry knowing you'll just pay your way out. Which is really no different then buying a permit to legally commit a crime. Only it's reversed so you pay after rather than before. Is that a system that is anything near Justice??? I don't think so.
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: Azureblue
That's good, I like it. I was thinking about that too at first. There are still ways of cheating that however by simply shifting what you actually make away from you and into some corporate account or something like that. I know people that own businesses that live very very well, but do so through corporate accounting. They pay themselves a very small amount personally and run everything else through their business whenever possible. This allows them to pay low taxes and officially make only poverty level income, while actually making much more.
But I like your idea. That is exactly the stuff I was talking about. Some new ideas!