Will the Supreme Court rule to allow crime to pay or not pay?
The Chicago Tribune article titled, “Supreme Courtlikely to apply ‘excessive fines’ bans to states, reports on suit by a drug dealer claim the States seizure of his $42,000 Land Rover for selling $400 indrugs violates The Eight Amendment excessive fines rights.
The Purpose of This Post
To question the wisdom of the 1930’s Radio Show idiom, “Crime Doesn’t Pay” vs. Rights of criminals to keep personal property they accumulate from their crimes.
Also, to question the wisdom of taxpayers Rights to have to pay excessive taxes to maintain police and jails because criminals choose crime rather than honest labor same as hard working taxpayers.
When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong. (Ecclesiastes 8:11)
What’s My Point?
Most people may not be aware that Courts have ruled it legal to seize personal property of drug dealers as a deterrent to criminals profitingon illegal drugs. Most drug dealers drive old cars rather than new cars whenthey sell illegal drugs.
In a previous post, I surmised how King Solomon may have explained his views to the Queen of Sheba about ancient methods of punishment. Of course, that was 3000 years ago. However, the quandary still exists in our contemporary times.
My point is to consider the Rights of taxpayers to fund police, prosecutors and, jail criminals are also excessive.
The King Solomon verse implies that when crime does pay, criminal hearts are provided an incentive to do wrong.
In My Opinion
Most people who do not personally witness a family member become a drug addict might want the punishment for a drug dealer to be at least the same weight as the they will experience as a result of drug sellers.
For example, there were 60,000 people in 2017 who died from a drug overdose. The war on drugs costs taxpayer $50 billion dollars a year for enforcement.
In my opinion, the Supreme Court needs to weigh justice on an even scale. If they decide to rule in favor of the plaintiff, the scales will not be balanced fairly.
Read the Source Links Below and Previous Post on Ancient Methods of Punishment.
How would you rule if you had to judge the Rights of the drug dealer in comparison to the rights of honest worker taxpayers, which one is paying an excessive fine?
Do you believe the Eighth or 14th Amendments were intended to protect the Rights of Honest Hard-Working Taxpayers or Drug Dealers?
Regards and good will blogging.
Police Seizures Authority
Cost of War on Drugs
Origin of “Crime Doesn’t Pay