Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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RE[8]: Correction
by ricegf on Sat 27th Nov 2010 19:16 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Correction"
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I've served on several juries, including one in which an drug runner was released (not acquitted - he pled guilty) because several jury members felt that any but the minimum punishment was too harsh for the crime. If I were accused, I would personally prefer that ordinary citizens (whose experiences were more likely to be akin to mine) determine my guilt and punishment, rather than an aloof professional judge.

Maybe that's a cultural thing, though. Americans (and especially Texans) seem to have more faith in the individual than Europeans, AFAICT.

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