Here is a shocking story from the morning papers.
Man attempting to groom 11 year old girl caught in a sting operation.
Now, notwithstanding the why's and wherefores of this individual case. It seems to set a very worrying precedent. People taking the law into their own hands. Abandoning confidence in the Gardai and taking up the tools of justice themselves. At a time when recidivist criminals are walking our streets with dozens, if not hundreds, of previous convictions does this present any surprise ? All of this poses a number of relevant questions :
- is it ever acceptable to bypass the organs of State and pursue justice yourself ?
- does the public have enough confidence in the Gardai and Courts to let them get on with the task of justice ?
- what is the experience and lessons from other countries and times in history ?
- do you approve of , or vilify people who take the law into their own hands ?
- which crimes are more/less acceptable to be subject to citizen action ?
- what are the implications for policymakers ?
Please keep the discussion polite, legal and provide links to support your arguments.