In order tor a crime to take place there must first create a victim, The individual accused of a crime must violate the life, liberty or property of another individual. One of the rights mandated in our Bill of Rights is a person accused of a crime is the right to cross examine the witnesses against him. In other words the defendant has a right to confront the injured party.
If there is no injured party, and no one to cross examine the individual accused of the crime can not defend himself in a court of law.
An government is a legal fiction and has no rights and can not be an injured party. Only human beings have rights. Individuals can testify against an accused person but a legal fiction can not. When a unjust law is enforced the accused individual becomes a victim.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
98% of the people in prison were never found guilty by a jury. In order to avoid the possibility of being convicted of a more serious crime the accused pleads guilty to a lesser crime. In many cases they have committed no crime at all. This practice is an enemy of justice and an great way to raise money for corrupt lawyer and judges.
In the land of the free, we more of our people in prison than an other country in the world. The biggest crime today is that we incarcerate people for committing victimless crimes.
Reply to Morton,
You know, I think we should go even farther. Not only it shouldn't be a path to riches, but if a person actually wants that job he shouldn't be allowed to run for it. We should want fully qualified and dedicated people who don't believe a government office is the ultimate goal in life.
I'm reading a lot of great ideas, here and only have this to offer... Shouldn't the focus be narrowed to first things, first?
I say get rid of the Fraudulent Reserve and scrap the debt based system!
Returning to Common Law and reducing the mammoth size of "the government beast" may take a day or three.
The Ship of State must be righted, if The Republic is to survive, but we will not be able to accomplish what has to be done by going off in every direction at once.