About 20 years ago, I was standing around after church and talking to a couple of older ladies. The conversation went kind of like this:
Older Lady Number 1: I watched a news special last night about people stealing from construction sites.
Older Lady Number 2: That’s horrible.
Me: My great aunt does that.
Older Lady Number 1: What, the news?
Me: No, steals from construction sites.
Me: She was arrested a few weeks ago for stealing a toilet, so she could remodel her bathroom. She’s already on parole, but because of her age, they probably will not send her to prison.
Old Lady Number 1 and Number 2, just stare at me with a blank look in their eyes and are completely speechless.
That was the end of our conversation.
I was searching for books about blogging on Amazon when I found Blogging & Tweeting Without Getting Sued by Mark Pearson. I was intrigued by the title and decided to read the book.
Here are a few important points to keep in mind when blogging:
- Criminal and civil laws apply to bloggers and bloggers are treated the same as media companies as far as the law is concerned
- You should never forward or repost material that you have not reviewed and verified
- Libelous material may be defended if it is in the public interest, but this is a hard point to prove and any signs of malice will destroy your defense
- Think about the consequences before posting a negative blog about an individual or a company
- Anonymity is not guaranteed on the internet
- Blogging any confidential information about other people is illegal
Lost for Life is a documentary about juveniles serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. The offenders in the documentary commented horrific acts of violence and murder, but all of them were under the age of 17 at the time.
Should they be serving life without the possibility of parole?
Scientific research has proven the human brain is not completely developed until the early twenties. Should that be a consideration when sentencing a juvenile that has committed murder? Should rehabilitation be the focus, instead of punishment?
I honestly have a hard time judging an adult, based on crimes committed as a juvenile. As a teenager, I did a lot of stupid things. I also committed several crimes, but I got lucky and was never prosecuted.
As an adult, I am a completely different person. I have a much better grasp of morality and ethics. I would never consider committing those crimes today and I am even baffled by my own stupidity as a young person.
I thank God I am not judged today based on my actions as a juvenile. I am only judged by my actions as an adult.
What are your views on juveniles serving life without the possibility of parole? Let me know in the comment section.
Public Service Announcement:
If you commit a crime, do not post information about it on the internet. If this fact never dawned on you before now, you may want to consider a new line of work.