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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Saturday, August 21, 2010 :::

Saudi Arabia urged not to paralyze man as retribution punishment:
The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported that the judge in the case had sent letters to several hospitals in Saudi Arabia asking if they could sever a man's spinal cord, as the man he allegedly stabbed had requested and, under sharia law, was his right to seek.
The man he stabbed could instead be paid off, which would seem, at this point, to be the better outcome; perhaps this perpetrator has little money. It would seem likely that he would be able to make more money in the future, at least at unskilled labor, with the use of his legs; perhaps he has poor job prospects either way, or a long-term debt is hard to enforce in Saudi Arabia. It could be a matter of vengeance, too; the family of the victim has developed a sense of justice that, in the long-term, could serve them well if retribution is a greater deterrent to this sort of attack than whatever monetary damages are feasible — and if potential attackers have an expectation that the family will respond this way.

::: posted by dWj at 11:48 AM

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