Tuesday, January 10, 2006

When is a crime not a crime?

When is a crime not a crime? When hardcore liberal judge Kevin Burke erases the criminal's records, that's when. "More Looking To Erase Criminal Records".

Did you know that 1295 cases were expunged last year? You'll be happy to know this, however:

Minnesota expungement law specifically prohibits violent criminals, such as sex offenders, some [emphasis added] murderers and kidnappers.
Judge Burke's heart bleeds:

"I think the 9/11 thing got a lot of people caught up," Burke said. "The number of people that are coming into court with some pretty compelling stories about, 'I can't get housing, I've done everything you asked, I can't get a job."

"We live in an age now where you can look up a whole bunch of stuff on a computer and at what point do we say 'OK, let go of it?'" Burke asked.
At this point Rambix is forced to bring out an old truism: If you don't want a criminal record, don't commit the crime.

With the stroke of a pen, Judge Burke and others are wiping away justice for the victims, police investigative work, money spent on prosecution, and the ability of a future employer to know what kind of applicant he's dealing with.

The criminal can turn their lives around and demonstrate good citizenship post-conviction, but that doesn't mean we should forget the past. It's true that past behavior is still the best indicator of future behavior. Reform and repent, but you should not be able to erase the past.