Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sign Of The Times

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset is considering defying the High Court according to this report from the BBC news website.

It seems that hard drives were confiscated in raids in a suspected paedophile case. The High Court have instructed Avon and Somerset police to return the hard drives immediately without, it seems, inspecting them.

The owner of the hard drives is a known paedophile. The police are considering refusing to return them because they think that they probably contain porn.This creates a real dilemma.

Are the police, like us, becoming so disillusioned with the legal process that they are prepared to take the law into their own hands?

Are the police now so seemingly all-powerful that they think they can do what the hell they like?

My view is that they should abide by the decision of the High Court but that we need a healthy debate about the current laws around pornography. Ideally without mass hysteria.

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