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Justice - Phil's Rambling Rants
March 4th, 2004
01:08 pm

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Reading the Risks forum I came across a story about an incident in Germany that really troubles me. Going to the English-language source at the (London) Times online gives the same story as the Risks post: a driver on the Autobahn, driving legally at 155 mph (there are no speed limits on the Autobahnen), was arrested and jailed for 18 months because a slower driver he was overtaking lost control of her car and crashed, killing herself and her infant.

I don't read German, so I can't check out the more direct source. And I'll admit that I don't know the reality of Autobahn driving; I'm just reacting based on my impression that driving at such speeds really is normal practice, something that people do every day and it's OK. Maybe the actual case makes more sense than the fairly brief news report. But it strikes me as the sort of "something bad happened, so we must find someone whose fault we can say it is and punish them" mentality that underlies so much of what's wrong with justice in the U.S.

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