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Retrospective punishments

Comment 23rd July 2010

If you commited a crime in another period of time with different social mores and attitudes you should not be punished by the current statute book.

Whatever was in place then should apply now.

Why does this matter?

Because laws reflect the culture and personality of the country, they change and shift.

What was acceptable then is not now, but the person who commits the crime is not the same person now either. How can you send someone to prison for an offence that at that time was a caution or small fine. It is a dangerous precedent to set.

Justice demands equality and if it was 1960 when it happened then it should be 1960's answer.

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