In our world there is the legal notion that people are innocent until proven guilty. It's a prevalent notion in many countries, and a good one. But the killings in Aurora, Colo. highlight the need for a law that can, if appropriate, bypass it.
Let us call it, and please pardon the French, the 'It's Really F-ing Obvious' law (IRFO). This law would negate the trial of someone like a James Eagan Holmes, who murdered 12 people in that movie theater, allegedly. After all, he was found wearing the paraphernalia dozens of witnesses said the killer wore, and at a car, registered to himself, with hundreds of rounds of ammo and other weapons inside, and he was carrying weapons. His apartment is booby-trapped with explosives. It's really f-ing obvious, no?
There are examples all around the world where a trial was no more than a needless confirmation and a very expensive and painful sideshow. Yes, the notion of a fair trial is valued but sometimes simply not needed and this is one such case. In Canada there have been at least two murderers who were found on video committing their crimes. Really obvious.
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True, a law such as this would not stop someone who would go into a movie theatre and randomly shoot people, but dealing with the prevention of such horrific acts is another subject, and a complex one. But while we hope it never happens again there is still value in being prepared to make the aftermath easier on the victims families and on society.
Get a respected, senior judge and apply for the IRFO ruling; he or she examines the information and either says 'no, it doesn't meet the criteria, this person's guilt is in doubt and they require a fair trial' or: 'It's really f-ing obvious. Lock 'em up.' Besides not giving these people the attention they crave, there would be other benefits: you'd save money that could be given to victims families and you would save a lot of time and, for many, a great deal of additional pain.
I'm not as concerned with what happens afterwards so long as this person is never again trusted in society. Put them in a prison cell, give them three squares, some courtyard time and let them watch sitcoms, that's fine. Many of you might seek a punishment in line with the crime, but for me so long as they do not ever again walk the streets, that's the important thing.
Am I serious? Maybe one moment I am, the next less so. But really - why not? After all - sometimes it is really f-ing obvious.
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