Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Outrageous offence offence...

Interesting to compare two stories in the last two days; both involve crime and punishment.

Case 1: An antiques dealer is jailed for eight years for handling a stolen Shakespeare First Folio: a rare - one copy of about 250 remaining - of a first collection of Shakespeare's plays. The judge condemns damage to the book - defaced to hide its true identity - as 'cultural vandalisation'.

Case 2: Nine men were jailed after being convicted of offences that included violent sexual exploitation of an underage girl: sexual activity with a child, controlling a child prostitute, facilitating child prostitution and paying for sexual services with a child. The men were jailed for between eight months and seven years.

Justice of the day...

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