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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    We already have unconvicted criminals in office, why not have convicted ones? At least THEY served their time.

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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Yes, but not until they are out of prison, as it wouldn't be feasible to expect them to show up for their office. One of the key principles of a democratic republic is that everyone has the right to run for office. On a similar topic, felons should be allowed to maintain their right to vote whether or not they're in prison. The right to vote cannot be violated by the government at will.
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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Any office. Misdemeanor and/or felony. The question presumes said convicted criminals have completed their sentence.
    You mean as opposed to the unconvicted criminals we have holding office now?
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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    once your time is served, your punishment is over. Why should we keep punishing them after their time is done. They should be allowed to run, whether they get elected is up to the people.
    I disagree, some crimes are incompatible with representing your country IMHO.

    I might be a social democrat and a progressive but that does not mean I am progressive/liberal on all issues. I like my representatives and my leaders/high government officials to be non-serious criminals.
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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Considering the people as a whole (or at least the ones that vote) vote in who they want why not? Do you really think that the people as a whole would vote in a child rapist/killer?
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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Considering the people as a whole (or at least the ones that vote) vote in who they want why not? Do you really think that the people as a whole would vote in a child rapist/killer?
    I seriously doubt it, but I see it as kind of a principle thing. Do we believe in the freedom thing, or do we just give it lip service? Do we believe in "paying your debt to society", or are we just jaw-jackin'?
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Considering the people as a whole (or at least the ones that vote) vote in who they want why not? Do you really think that the people as a whole would vote in a child rapist/killer?
    Most likely not, but legally they should be allowed to run.

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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Most likely not, but legally they should be allowed to run.
    I agree.
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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paleocon View Post
    So do you support repealing the right against self-incrimination, the right to counsel, or both?
    I believe the accused has a right to defense.But at the same time a lawyer should never defend someone they believe is guilty.It takes a subhuman piece of **** to knowingly defend violent criminal or to try to scam the system.
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    Re: Should convicted criminals be allowed to hold office?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I believe the accused has a right to defense.But at the same time a lawyer should never defend someone they believe is guilty.It takes a subhuman piece of **** to knowingly defend violent criminal or to try to scam the system.
    You didn't answer the question, those two rights cannot exist together in a system where lawyers will quit based on being told their client is guilty.

    If you don't like our system, you're free to move to a country which lacks these rights.

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