GETTING OFF EASY IN TOBACCO LAND

IS JUSTICE BLINDFOLDED OR JUST BLINDED BY THE SMOKE?

Three young people in Florida, barely out of their teens, have just been sentenced to 15 years each for removing a stop sign from an intersection. The defendants sobbed, and even the judge evinced regret, but everyone seems to agree that stealing stop signs is a particularly heinous prank. In this case, three other young people were killed when they drove through the signless intersection into an eight-ton Mack truck.

Now, suppose these three miscreants had done something else. Suppose that they had removed stop signs at not just one but 133,333 intersections annually, resulting in three deaths per intersection, or...

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