What’s my problem? This, in part.
I was reading a piece yesterday off the jalponik website about a guy who’s serving a life sentence for loaning his roommate his car. He’d loaned the car to said roommate many times before, with no egregious legal ramifications, but this particular time the roommate used the car to drive himself and some friends over to a drug dealer’s house, where they robbed the dealer and in the process killed his 18 year old daughter. All the while, the owner of the car was at home sleeping, (arguably) unaware of the crimes being committed with his car.
All of this is crap and awful. There’s not really a silver lining to be found, and I’m frustrated and sad about the whole thing. The focus of the piece was on whether or not this was just for the car owner, and it was a cautionary tale for the readers of this car-oriented website. I leave you, readers (if such things exist) to draw your own conclusions on that score, and it’s not really what I’m here to write about, but it does set the table. One of the threads in the comments became a debate over whether or not the prosecutor should have (not was entitled to, etc,) pursued the car owner for his role or lack of one in the crime. And in that thread I found this comment: