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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ignorance of the law is no excuse, unless you have a badge.

Will Grigg speaks about BluePrivilege.

The person enforcing the law, with a gun, effective permission to use it on you, handcuffs, radio and a gang of people to back him up, lying in official reports and on the witness stand if necessary, has the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the law, says the Supreme Court.

For us little people, there is no benefit of the doubt. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for us.

For the police the law in question must be reasonably knowable, understandable and promulgated.

For us little people we're responsible for every jot and tittle of an edict, every musing of a judge, every ambition of a bureaucrat.

This is called "law and order" or "justice".

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse" is a reasonable standard in a world where the law requires an identifiable victim and a private property violation. In positive law it makes the entire world into a maze of traps and snares.

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