A US Supreme Court decision (Crawford v. Washington) is analyzed in an article by R. Michael Cassidy of Boston College Law School (firstname.lastname@example.org). (cc) 11-1-2006
Be sure to read this very interesting and instructive article.
However, for Washington State residents, read the following law as well:
“Police officers put their lives at risk by responding to a victim’s call for help; having invoked the resources of society, domestic violence victims have forfeited the right to exercise a the resources of society, domestic violence victims have forfeited the right to exercise a veto over how society decides to respond to the threat once it has been exposed.”
(I’m a loser, baby…so why don’t you kill me?)
This reminds one of Ayn Rand’s disdain for presumptions in favor of the ‘collective’. She believed the concept was an artifice undermining individual freedoms, choice, and association. A close reading of the article reveals echoes of why she viewed ‘collectivism’ with suspicion.