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There’s nothing wrong with “three-strikes” laws. They serve a serious purpose and are a legitimate facet of jurisprudence. They’ve been around in this country at least since the thirties, when old-time gangsters subject to them were called “three-time losers.”
They have nothing to do with baseball, and attempts to minimize and ridicule them are pernicious.
But then again, some people minimize and ridicule all attempts to punish criminals. They use dishonest arguments and sophistries like calling them “cruel and unusual punishment” — which the opponents themselves know is not what the Constitution means by that phrase. In short, their argument is a lie and they know it. But they’re willing to lie in service of a “higher purpose.” That’s the absolute curse the ACLU and such people have inflicted on this country over the past few decades.
I’m not sure, if I had been the judge, I would have invoked the three-time-loser clause in the two (carefully-selected) cases. For one thing, I wouldn’t have bumped Andrade up twice. First his misdemeanor was “enhanced ” to a felony, then he was declared a three-time loser on account of the felony. I think it should be like sales at stores — you can’t compound a discount offer. You can take advantage of one sale price, but then you can’t get an extra discount by offering another coupon or invoking another, separate sale offer. It’s one to a customer.p>Likewise, I think a criminal’s status should only be enhanced once. He shouldn’t be declared a three-time loser on the basis of his third felony, if the felony was previously enhanced from a misdemeanor. With that proviso, I would be more confident with three-time-loser laws as written and recognized, than with social meddlers who have a hidden axe to grind, in that they oppose all punishment of criminals because they think it’s really society that is to blame. God preserve us from such.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online