Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Cyberbullying: worth criminalising?

I just thought that this post was well written and interesting for lawyers. It asked the basic questions before legislating once more: are they already some offences? do they fit the facts or can they without the definition being distorted? is it worth creating a new crime or do we respond emotionally to an issue rather than with objectivity?

"What is Cyberbullying Anyway?"(TechDirt, 11 May 2009)

The law, especially criminal law, has symbolic aspects. But in no way should it be distorted or used purely on those grounds... Justice is not simply about appearing to defend the victims. "Prosecutors Want To Give Lori Drew 3 Years In Jail For Symbolic Reasons" (TechDirt, 7 May 2009)

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