Friday, November 04, 2011

Rights can't be taken, but you can lose them

Our society is obsessed with Rights. We invoke them at every turn to justify all kinds of stupid and antisocial behavior. So, it is nice every once in a while to be reminded that even the most sacred rights can be lost, if you actively abuse them. The Right to an Attorney is one of the most basic rights in the Constituion, guaranteeing fair trials, but even that is not absolute.

Monson, 28, already charged with attacking two defense attorneys, allegedly stabbed his third attorney Tuesday.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz refused to declare a second mistrial. Instead, the judge ruled Monson has forfeited his right to be represented by counsel because of his courtroom behavior. The judge cited case law. He told Monson he's on his own in a trial on a felony drug charge.
Remember, folks, Rights aren't magic words that automatically get you out of trouble. They are cherished protections offered by God or by Law, to preserve freedom and ensure justice. Respect your Rights, or be ready to lose them!

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