This was a very interesting podcast, but also a frightening one which highlighted some differences between what constitutes law and justice.
The most striking example I remember of the disconnect between the two concepts was about a year ago (?) when I heard of an underage girl who had made some nude pictures of herself using her smart phone (as many girls that age do), and sent them to her boyfriend, who then (as boys that age would) showed them to his mates and the pictures were forwarded from there on on.
This girl was then charged with the manufacture and distribution of child pornography, received a draconian sentence and will have to register for the rest of her life on the sex offender registry and will be barred from most forms of employment.
This is justice?
It obviously was against the letter of the law what she did, but what I found most frightening was that when this was discussed on a local radio show, the majority of the callers saw nothing wrong with prosecuting her. I had assumed the reaction would overwhelmingly against charging her. After all, why do we have laws against child pornography? To protect children from predators who would abuse them in its manufacture, of course. That is the ethical foundation for this law. But caller after caller said something along the lines of, ‘well, of course she should be prosecuted. She broke the law’.
I found this absolutely terrifying. To a significant proportion of the population of a democracy, apparently, the law is a thing by itself that needs to be obeyed, never mind the ethical underpinning of why the law was created in the first place.