Legality–The Dick Cheney Factor: Why 99 People Can Speed, But Only You Get a Ticket
Last month, Vice President Dick Cheney managed to unintentionally shoot and badly wound his upland bird-hunting partner. Yet while nearly every state has a law declaring the discharge of a firearm in the direction of another person to be a crime, ranging from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon down to reckless endangerment, it is doubtful that the Vice President will be charged with a crime. This is because, contrary to popular expression, ‘the law’ is not really ‘the law’; the law is a set of parameters applied to various situations through the exercise of discretion. In other words, the law is what the people determine it to be.
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