Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 20th Jul 2013 19:05 UTC
Legal "Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon. The government signalled on Friday that it is prepared to support a backbench bill that would pardon Turing, who died from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41 in 1954 after he was subjected to 'chemical castration'." Justice.
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RE[6]: PhilPotter
by Soulbender on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 00:10 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: PhilPotter"
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Nor does the pardon mean that only Turing is deserving and no one else is, as others have plainly argued.


That's not a fact, that's an interpretation.

It gives a better chance than not pardoning.


That's wishful thinking, not a fact. It would be great if it did but history strongly suggests otherwise.

Only because of the mass of naysayers like you and Soulbender take the wind out of the sails of a movement.


No, its a fact. History teaches us that it's far more likely that only Turing and maybe some other high-profile cases will get pardoned and everyone else forgotten. We're not saying it won't happen, we're saying it's far more likely not to happen and that pardoning Turing without any mention of anyone else makes it a bit questionable for paving way to a blanket pardon.

But hey, if it turns out that a blanket pardon is given for everyone convicted for being homosexual within a reasonable time from now I'll admit that it worked out.

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