I’ve always thought of myself as a tough-on-crime kind of guy, but I’m increasingly sensitive to the fact that my attitude is only appropriate when laws are just and moral.
Unfortunately, government increasingly is an abuser of rights rather than a protector of rights. Allow me to elaborate.
I was tempted a few days ago to say that Jay Beeber was an American hero for single-handedly putting an end to the revenue-camera scam in Los Angeles, but I now have someone who truly deserves that label.
Michael Allison is, by all appearances, an ordinary American from a small town in Illinois. He is now is threatened with 75 years in jail because utterly reprehensible (and probably corrupt) officials are upset that he recorded them in the course of their taxpayer-financed duties.
What makes him a hero is that he refuses to let the local government seduce him into a plea deal that would keep him out of jail – but require him to admit guilt to something that shouldn’t be a crime.
Here’s an amazing – and distressing – set of news clips from a local news station.
By the way, here’s another example of a local television station doing an excellent job of exposing a local government that is trying to screw over an innocent and powerless person.