Comments: Random Links

being extremely stupid and criminally short-sighted isn't illegal in this country. Doing the wrong things in the wrong way for the wrong reasons might be morally indefensible, but you don't pay for them in a court of law.

If you're not a member of the government, it does make you vulnerable to civil liability, though. Unfortunately, acting officials of the state are immune from most civil actions, especially ones arising from their official duties.

I wonder if there's any way around that?

Posted by Ahistoricality at May 16, 2008 05:04 PM

I suppose not.

Obviously the original thought was that it would be hard for elected officials to do their jobs if they faced the prospect of lawsuits by unhappy voters, and it's a worthy idea.

I guess what I want are occasional exceptions--except that I don't know many people I'd trust to decide when the moment had arrived for an exception. :)

(What I want is an execption for "criminal stupidity as defined by Anne.")

Posted by Anne at May 19, 2008 07:09 AM