Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Colbert on the US legal system charging infants as adults

| »

Last October, New York Supreme Court Judge Paul Wooten single-handedly made my faith in humanity sink by several more notches when he ruled that a six-year-old toddler can be sued for having accidentally knocked over an elderly woman, thereby injuring her, while riding her tricycle back when she was four. Now, The Colbert report has a simultaneously amusing and infuriating take on what’s become the latest depressing trend to grip the ever-floundering American criminal justice system: that of justices authorizing legal action against tots because … well, because they’re little and can’t do anything about it, that’s why. (Makes as much sense as any legal basis they can possibly conjure up.)

Non-US readers: Go here to learn how to enable Comedy Central videos.

This is yet another one of those times where I’m feeling rather thankful to be living in Canada. Anyone care to join? (We got superior beer and poutine and stuff.)