Missing Blackstone February 15, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
I miss some of our old values. Lately I’ve been thinking about William Blackstone’s prescription from the 1760’s:
“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”
It’s a useful metric to keep in your head when you see these sorts of stories:
- Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year-Old Man In His Own Bed, Don’t Find the Drugs They Were Looking For
- Eight Police Officers Fire 103 Times At Two Unarmed Women Delivering Newspapers . . . Commission Rejects Calls For Any Officer To Be Fired Or Even Suspended
- Lawsuit: Cops Storm House, Beat Occupants, Kill Parakeet
And of course there’s the infamous anal probe story, the cash confiscation stories, a zillion more no-knock raid tragedies, etc.
I think some of our law enforcement personnel may have inverted the Blackstone prescription.