Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ignorance = Not Guilty?

OoT: I have been playing Perfect World and watching tons of anime lately that's why this blog has been abadonned for such a long time. I am a really lazy person...but never a quitter. BTW, about the RO2 vid, I am so frustrated with the RO2Korean private server (illegal, yes, I know) and thus I decided to wait for the official RO2SEA release.

This morning I went for breakfast at the cafe with my daddy. After I have filled my stomach with a lot of food I picked up one of the newspapers (Sin Chew Daily newspapers) on the table and flipped a few pages. Eventually I came to a section of the newspaper with an interesting title "Ignorance = Not Guilty?" (in Mandarin, of course).

So, is it being ignorance an excuse for us to escape from the law when we have done something against it? What if everyone who breaks the law tell the judge that they didn't know it is stated in the law? Then everyone will be free to do anything they wish and use "ignorance" as an excuse to escape the penalty.

However, there are millions of written laws in this country which not a single person can memorize all of them, not even the most outstanding lawyer. So, how can someone expect everyone to know all those laws? What should be done to fix this problem so the real criminals won't get away from what they have done? Actually, this problem has been solved long before I read the newspaper article and typed this blog entry.

The law has a hypothesis where it assumes everyone know every single laws and therefore no matter how good someone is able to convince the judge that he/she really an ignorant to the commited crime, that someone will still receive punishment but the judge can reduce the seriousness of punishment.

A teacher, who is caught for not carrying her Identity Card with her, begs the judge and explain that she didn't know it is against the law. Would someone believe an educated person such as that teacher didn't even know it is a must to carry her ID with her all the time?

A few fishermen, who are caught fishing in the sea without carrying their ICs with them, crying infront of the judge and asking why must they bring their ICs together with them when they are fishing in the deep blue sea. Should the judge give them a warning instead of a fine or jail sentence?

Above are two simple cases. In the first case, of course no one would believe the teacher is an ignorant and she is definitely guilty. The latter case where a few fishermen, probably never receive any formal education, should be given a chance. This is how the laws work so that no real criminals can escape from their commited crimes and innocent people are given a chance but not to repeat it again.