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Law & Order

Before the television show that is so enamored by James Wolcott, and provides the Rupublans with a last hope for a candidate, there was Преступление и Наказание¹, the novel by Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский², something of a morality play when read in the original, but more of a psychological study in translation, mainly because translators don’t translate the names of the characters. Ted liked to direct his readers’ attention by using meaningful names.

Lately there has been a lot of ink spilled over “Punishment” without much regard for the “Crimes” involved. The convicted are put forth as victims of prejudicial treatment because of their wealth and power, ignoring what happens to people who have neither wealth nor power in the “criminal justice system.”³

The first case involves driving under the influence of alcohol. It should be noted that more people are killed every year in the United States by intoxicated drivers than have been killed by all of the acts of terrorism against the United States since people started tracking such acts.

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June 9, 2007   Comments Off on Law & Order