Re: Resend : That file (not in MIME format)..
Thu, 3 Nov 1994 19:57:44 +1100
Richard Anthony Folland wrote this...
> How does a judge, or the legal system, decide on what sentence fits the
> crime? Is it not based on the societies view of the seriousness of the
> crime? [exclude case of sexual harrasment in NSW courts]. The sentencing
> scheme is not absolute from country to country, this shows that the legal
> system is a social arbiter. The community attitudes to murder dictate
> that the murderer is restricted from community, whereas a person who is
> speeding is only fined.
just to set the record clear the judiciary dont rule on what sentances are
applied to what crimes, that is done by the legislative council.
> The fact that they have done something wrong is only in regards to the
> societies concept of right and wrong, which is based on a historical
> build up of what actions are considered anti-social. This is by no means
it isnt a matter of what is "wrong" and what is "right", it is a matter of
what is legal and what isnt.
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