“They Was Scaring Me”

From a particularly obscene legal case:

Andrews’ defense didn’t work; he was finally executed in July 1992. But his “I was scared” defense so motivated the left that a “true crime” TV movie was broadcast by CBS in 1991, while Andrews was still in the appeals process. In the film, the poor jittery misunderstood thief is shown merely administering a “calming” liquid to the captives before leaving the scene (the rape and the pen attack are not portrayed at all, and only Selby is shown shooting the victims).

Coincidentally, my best friend, an actor of some note, auditioned for the Andrews role. I happened to own a copy of a book about the Selby/Andrews case, and my friend wanted to study it as preparation for the audition. Several days later, at the casting director’s office, my friend was told that his reading had been exactly the opposite of what the producers wanted. My friend had foolishly assumed that only vile sadists would force people to drink Drano, rape them, and shove pens through their ears, so he read the part accordingly. “No, no,” he was told, “stop playing the part as ‘evil.’ Be more mellow, more introspective, more thoughtful. Play it as a simple thief, not as a bad person.”

He didn’t get the part.

The movie was intended as a last-ditch Hail Mary pass to save Andrews’ life. It failed, but when it comes to mounting insane defenses of black-on-white crime, the left always gets second chances. And third. And fourth. Etc.

It’s good that the media complex is going down nicely; it’s even better that the public indoctrination/education is also starting to take on water. Even the home church movement is doing its bit to undermine the worth of a seminary education.

But I’m not satisfied until the legal system is broken up, radically decentralized, and once again in the hands of the ordinary man – instead of licensed professionals, who created a convoluted legal system (grounded in intensely anti-Christian assumptions) that no layman can navigate – and thus, no layman can be sure of their own freedom.

(Excluding connected judges and lawyers, naturally.)

Moreover, a return to the primacy of jury trials is needed, as the jury is today’s greatest bulwark against Administrative Law tyranny. The notion of licensed practitioner of justice needs to be ditched – like all government-backed license regimes, from medicine to weapons.

Christians are not free from the rule of those who hate them, until they live under their own laws, in their own society, by their own rules, in property that they control. Anything else is mere grovelling, licking the boot of Those Who Hate Us.

(Yes, I know that there is no single conception of the Christian society: so let’s break things up to 10,000 sovereign and independent towns and counties, and let people sort it out amongst themselves. Or do you prefer to be ruled by a single, powerful, unaccountable, contemptuous set of hostile Masters?)

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