equal protection under the law?

time to chime in on the recent gambling folderol.

other than stating the archaic law against “dice and card” games is asinine and should be repealed or revised, i’m not really going to comment on that aspect of the mess.

but what bothers me is the targeting of these gamblers. it’s true that the law is the law, and one is subject to prosecution for breaking it. as Sheriff Al Cannon was quoted in the Post and Courier, “It may be an old law, but so is murder.” so we should prosecute anyone who breaks the law, right? yet Sheriff Cannon has also stated, “I don’t think any police officer out here is going to charge a grandma for playing UNO.” yet UNO is also illegal under the relevant statute.

so where’s the equal protection under the law? illegal is illegal, correct?

and the answer is, “of course not.” there is a huge difference in games played for simple pleasure and games played for the possibility of fiduciary gain.

but where do the police get to choose which lawbreakers they will and won’t prosecute? if the law is the law, it should be enforced equally. but law enforcement chose to spend ten months (and who knows how many actual man-hours) on an investigation of people who were committing no violent crimes, or crimes that would in other ways endanger the public at large.

i guess there’s no drug dealers, murderers or armed robbers left in Charleston County if law enforcement has decided to go after the poker games…

quote of the day:

“Democracy is not for the people.” – Judge Dredd, 2000 A.D.

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One Response to “equal protection under the law?”

  1. nate Says:

    “but where do the police get to choose which lawbreakers they will and won’t prosecute? if the law is the law, it should be enforced equally. but law enforcement chose to spend ten months (and who knows how many actual man-hours) on an investigation of people who were committing no violent crimes, or crimes that would in other ways endanger the public at large.

    i guess there’s no drug dealers, murderers or armed robbers left in Charleston County if law enforcement has decided to go after the poker games…”

    100% Spot-on. Question not the law, but rather the selective prosecution and the subsequent denial of equal protection.

    Oh, and their ninja costumes… Question those, too.

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