Thursday, February 26, 2009

No good deed goes unpunished

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Jim Moffett, a Denver bus driver, saved the lives of two elderly women Friday night, when he pushed them out of the way of traffic and was then struck by an oncoming vehicle. Imagine his surprise when he woke up in the hospital and found out that he had been cited for jaywalking!

The citing officer maintains that his decision to ticket Moffett was just and correct. According to this theory, we should also prosecute someone for trespassing if they enter a burning house to save a small child. This brings up an interesting question. Are laws there to be followed to the letter, or to provide socially beneficial guidelines?

1 comment:

Kristy said...

What good would lawyers be if everyone used common sense? My opinion: the intent of the law is more important than the letter of the law that's why having a jury of your peers is so important. Thank goodness we live in America, it could be worse.