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  •  This is exactly what is wrong with Zero Tolerance: (22+ / 0-)
    It just means that every instance will be treated the same, regardless of circumstances.  
    (emphasis added)

    Facts matter.  The facts in any two cases are never the same.  Courts exist because the facts of each case make a difference.

    Courts are not only for determining innocence or guilt, but also for determining how the facts about each case affect the parties involved.

    Driving your car.
    Driving your friend's car.
    Driving a stolen car.

    All three are the same physical act.  Zero tolerance disregards the facts -- in your statement "regardless of the circumstances -- and punishes equally.  The facts matter:  was it your car, a borrowed car or a stolen car.

    That's an exaggerated example to demonstrate the difference, but the facts DO matter.  Circumstances should matter.

    A girl with an aspirin she didn't know was in her purse should not be treated the same as a addict with 3 dime bags. Yet, "no drugs - zero tolerance" treats them the same and that is exactly the problem.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri May 10, 2013 at 11:26:01 AM PDT

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