Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Dec 2012 19:11 UTC
In the News "Peers and scientists including Professor Stephen Hawking are once again pushing for an official pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing's death from cyanide poisoning in 1954 was ruled a suicide, coming after his conviction for gross indecency at a time when homosexuality was illegal." The fact that he still hasn't been pardoned is an utter disgrace.
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RE[4]: fat lot of good
by JAlexoid on Mon 17th Dec 2012 01:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: fat lot of good"
JAlexoid
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I wasn't saying we shouldn't honour Turing. I was saying we shouldn't pardon him because doing so would set a very dangerous legal precedence.


Pardons aren't an issue of a precedent. They don't set legal precedents. They are by definition extraordinary cases.
And there are a lot of precedents where people have been pardoned after being found unequivocally guilty.

You may be against, but a precedent this would not set. Not would this be the first time.

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