Here is some old news that I recently found on Jonathan Turley's legal blog.
"In June 1998, Long Beach Superior Court Judge Joan Comparet-Cassani ordered a deputy to shock [with a stun belt] defendant Ronnie Hawkins, after he repeatedly interrupted her. A judicial review board refused to impose disciplinary action on the judge, who continues to try cases in California." [LINK]
The above incident was involving a stun-belt, not a taser. But the legal and philpsophical concepts are exactly the same.
I once mentioned that tasers as punishment was something that even the courts would not be permitted to apply. This reported example of a stun-belt being used for on-the-spot (judicially-sanctioned?) torture is an example of where things are headed if we allow it to continue.
For those (hopefully few) readers that might not understand the point, mentally replace the stun-belt with:
- a taser used in touch-torture mode
- an electric cattle-prod
- the glowing end of a lit cigarette
- a red hot branding iron
- pulling of fingernails
- pliers squeezing sensitive body parts
- 'The Rack'
Once you step over the line, there are no further boundaries to slow your descent straight to Hell. And that's why there is a line that shall not be crossed.
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