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Or is this just redicilous?
posted by The Sandmonkey @ 5/31/2005 08:59:00 AM
Do you think it is time to start random drug testing of judges?
Well each society has its own home grown wierdos..i guess that main difference is if this happened around the neighbourhood here, it is quite likely that no one would speak up for fear of being labeled..dunno..
sorry to burst ya'll's bubbles, but this is not all that uncommon in small little towns across the US, regardless of what this report said.In some towns, the only AA and NA chapters or like organizations are run by churches. They also have a tendency to offer young men to join the military if they are repeat offenders or do other civil service type things instead of prison.You all are only hearing about it because everyone now thinks that the "fundamentalist christians" and right wing extremist judges are marching out of their sod houses and attacking liberal America now more than ever and these reports are there to make you think so.Just like the reports on the body counts and the explosions in Iraq.So, don't get your panties in a twist.However, I do agree that, in this day and age, that type of sentencing can get them into trouble with the ACLU folks, so, much better just to throw the book at the criminals and send them to jail (probably can't be rehabilitated anyway). At least the ACLU can't complain they aren't adhering to "separation of church and state" or not treating everyone equally./sarcasm
I think it is a measure of the frustration judges have with some defendants. Lots of people in the US are at their wit's end over drug and alcohol abusers. These people have boundless opportunity to live good lives and they insist on ruining themselves, and sometimes others. So far, there is no reliable way to get a problem drinker, or drug abuser, to change. And yet, a person who is not too far gone might be saved, if he comes under the right influences.What do you do if you're the judge, and you've gotten to know a particular defendant by name because he's been in your court five times over the last two years, he needs a driver's license to work, but he keeps getting caught driving drunk? Now he's been caught driving with a suspended license, but one of his friends has come into court with him, and says he'll vouch for him, and see that he gets to church and attends the AA (alcoholics anonymous - one of the few programs that seems to work for alcoholics) program. What do you do? You already know better than to just let him go with his friend. Maybe you try what the friend has proposed. If you do, you need something to ensure that the defendant has a reason to actually attend church and the AA meetings. So, you order the defendant to attend church and go to the AA meetings. If the defendant does not do so, then he is in violation of a court order, and he can be jailed. And, you make it very clear: either its church and AA, or jail. Sometimes, it works. Valerie
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