Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for ten years whilst I was active I retain it now only as a literary device no longer actually using the term JP for any other purpose whatsoever.
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Monday, 3 April 2017
SHOULD THE CATEGORY "HATE CRIME" BE ABOLISHED?
The great and the good of this country`s legal establishment consider hate to be an aggravating factor. The simple reason I can think of is that by so doing they consider a certain but unknown amount of protection for the minorities and/or deterrence to the assailants is offered. But then why have a differential at all. If the sentence per crime were increased so that all were at the same level would that not be more logical? I doubt that those intending violence consider that shouting fucking Jew, Muslim, Queer or what have you will increase their sentence if convicted. They are so self centred and/or encompassed by their perverted passions that the thought of being in court just does not occur to their little minds. For the legal process the term "hate crime" can be in itself a source of some controversy. It is time to consider its abolition as an aggravating factor?