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if you could get rid of any law....

Wunderbar

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I have a 3 hour exam worth 80% of my final grade at 9 am tomorrow morning and I am missing Chemical Brothers, Oak, Selway, and Raymond. I am bitter and rushing on an exam size Columbian fair trade coffee

At least the subject is criminal law so it is somewhat interesting.

my question to anyone else stuck at home this evening is:
If You could abolish one criminal law, what would it be?

I would have to go with incest. Not that I approve if it by any means, but when it comes down to it, why is the criminal law the best way to deal with such behaviour. Isn't the social stigmatization and ostracization from such behaviour sufficient?
Obviously, sexual assault and statutory rape should be firm aspects of the law to prevent the abuse of minors, but between two consenting adults, such as a brother and a sister, why should they face jail time for doin the nasty?

The second obvious one is decriminalizing the possession of marijuana. Over 30% of Canadians have smokedup , it does not cause significant damage if used properly and the criminal law is probably not the most effective way to deal with any social harm that arises from its possession. Indeed, it will not deter people from smoking up in the future. Education and parental influence are checks on behaviour that's out of control.
 

noahmintz

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I'd get rid of the one that's about stealing another man's log's from his part of the river
Look it up ... it's in there somewhere

stu
 
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Bumbaclat

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I've never understood why suicide is a crime. I don't know if that's definitely the one I would change but it's up there....

Bumbaclat
 
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Wunderbar

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Originally posted by Bumbaclat
I've never understood why suicide is a crime. I don't know if that's definitely the one I would change but it's up there....

Bumbaclat
that's a great point

suicide was criminalized mainly due to the influence of Christian morals in the development of our legal system. Its basis mainly rests in religious precepts against taking your own life and it's presence in the criminal code is to deter others from doing it and because of the social harm it causes.

Unfortunately, suicide is as prevalent today as it was 2002 years ago, and criminalizing it doesn't make much sense nor will it prevent it. I will never be able to truly understand why people would end their one and only life. You have to be in extreme pain either physicially or emotionally.

:(
 

stir-fry

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On the same lines of suicide.. i think that a man has a right to chose to die..
even if it is with the help of a doctor..
 

gazgiz

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ummm...decriminalize weed...for sure.

and the going to jail for attempt of suicide law. how foooked up is that? i mean...someone is obviously not well for wanting to kill themselves. but how does charging them and possible incarceration a way to give them a willl to live? makes no sense to me.

that reminds me of school. u miss too much school and what do they do? they kick you out? hel-lo.
 
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Spiritual_Thang

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Suicide is not a crime.

The Supreme Court Of Canada ruled that a law against suicide did not serve as a sufficient detterant to sway people away from ending their lives. Instead, suicide was a health problem, and should be dealt with accordingly.

In 93, Sue Rodriguez tried to legalize physician-aided suicide (euthanazia) because as a sufferer of ALS, she was incapable of committing suicide on her own. Since the charter ensures that the disabled should not be discriminated against, the criminal code should be changed, considering healthy people are granted the right to lawfully end their own lives. Unfortunatly for Sue, her appeal was turned down on a vote to 5-4.
 

swenard

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Originally posted by stir-fry
On the same lines of suicide.. i think that a man has a right to chose to die..
even if it is with the help of a doctor..

Only if they are terminally ill.IMO
 

spAce cAdette

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In Cavendish P.E.I. it is illegal to build a snowman that is taller than 67 inches on a corner lot.

It is illegal to play a bongo drum in downtown Victoria.

These strike me as being kinda wack.
 
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