Moving the goalposts in the Hicks case

  • 18 April 2007
Sir / Madam,

David Hick's "guilty" plea seems neither relevant nor substantive, for retrospective (criminal) laws simply convert innocence into guilt. If you shift the goal posts and then score a goal, you simply "score a goal"! Is not the rule of law in Coalition-of-the-Willing countries in danger of becoming too similar to the capricious and repressive rule of those despots and dictators we are so ready to deprecate, invade, and liberate? We are dangerously moving into a new world order where the only Democracies that will proliferate are those that pretend best to be so.

s. partoredjo



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