Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
The desecration law is as stupid as all hate crime legislation.
That being said, for those trying to create a moral equivalence...did the DA create the law? Did the DA pass the law? Did the DA arrest the kid? And are you suggesting imperfect men should not be in positions of authority or should not enforce the law? Or that their ability to lead and execute the law is eliminated because how can THEY possibly enforce ANY laws? Should this DA not prosecute murders because he is 'fallible'? Should a Chief Executive be removed from office if he is found to be fallible? After all...how can he hold anyone accountable when he himself is guilty of violation of laws?
Are you REALLY taking that stand?
And look how quick you rush to judgement.
Talk about hypocrites.
Section 5509 - Title 18 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
In Pennsylvania, desecration, theft, or sale of "venerated objects" is a second degree misdemeanor -- with a maximum penalty of two years incarceration. The statute describes "desecrate" as "[d]efacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action." The statute applies specifically to objects like burial grounds and markers, but also to places of worship and public monuments.
The media likes to hype up the 2-years in jail thing, but that's the maximum for the most damage don to an object. Clearly this statue wasn't damaged, just "physically mistreated", and so I doubt the teen will get more than a handful of community service hours and maybe a token fine.
Last edited by Jerry; 09-20-14 at 08:53 AM.