The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Go On Then, Call Me A Softy

The impending execution of Saddam Hussein, a vicious and inexcusible thug who inflicted untold misery on thousands, whose sadism would turn the stomach of any civilised person, leaves me feeling defiled. To hang him, in cold blood, as he lies at our mercy, diminishes us all. Prison without prospect of release, certainly. But we are about to allow him the dignity and respect in death that he never deserved in life. It's a mistake, and it's immoral.

That's my five penn'orth.