Saturday, 4 January 2014
The Highest Respect For The Law
December 3, 2013 12:08 pm
The law of solitude
“The cause of everyone’s misfortunes is their inability to sit quietly in a room.” Blaise Pascal
"The many possession offences include possession of certain drugs; racially abusive or threatening material; various forms of pornography or depictions of abuse; firearms or ammunition without a certificate; explosives; false identity documents; or even a television without a licence. And, of course, the object does not have to be in the same room (or same building) as you; you just need to have sufficient awareness and control for a prosecutor to show that the banned item was in your possession.
And it is the possession offences which bring the citizen in England and Wales the closest to pure “thought-crimes” where, if there was some confession or if the prosecution could prove your culpable intention beyond reasonable doubt, the possession of any object can in limited circumstances be a crime."