Law Forum : Ignorance of the Law Does Not Excuse

Clyde C Coger Jr

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I guess you can say something like that. The reason why I jump into this thread is because I just did research and wrote a paper on this doctrine. It was my second option behind writing about prosecutorial discretion which is the power of prosecutors to pick and choose who, what, when, and where to prosecute, which I think causes the law to be enforced unevenly. I think that black people usually get the short end of the stick. Because I was told that I probably would not be able to meet the requirement with that subject, I chose to go deeper and wrote about this subject, the ignorance of the law doctrine, which I think is the foundation to prosecutorial discretion. I can get deeper into it, but I do have a passion for the law in certain aspects such as this. I think in order to understand the game we must learn the rules. I think the first step to fighting back against inequality and injustice is to learn the law, then use the law to later change the law.



Maintain your passion and forward push my friend. I have similar emotions:


http://destee.com/index.php?threads/ignorance-of-the-law-does-not-excuse.56853/#post-583214

http://destee.com/index.php?threads/would-you-represent-yourself-in-court.56858/#post-583248

 
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I understand but in order for us to overstand, knowledge(no limit)must be conceded. Therefore; sometimes common sense has to be accrued still and yet.
I am not sure that I understand. If you do not mind, could you explain that for me please?
 

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I am not sure that I understand. If you do not mind, could you explain that for me please?
It's nothing just my love/hate with our justice system makes me talk round and round. I changeded my mind, no love.
 
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Maintain your passion and forward push my friend. I have similar emotions:
Exactly! The only disagreement I have I guess would probably mirror what cherryblossom said in that post. The reason why I think it is best to not represent yourself is because it limits you on appeal. If a person represents themselves pro se, they cant appeal based on inadequate representation. I do understand that legal representation can be at a ridiculous cost, but more times than not it will be worth it. There are groups who have a passion to represent people and do not worry about the cost. Do be wary of some because some of these people just want to gain experience, if they are young, and do not have the passion for justice as they should in cases where people cant pay for the costly legal services. I would go for minorities who are attorneys in these programs, and attorneys who have years of experience and still participate. I agree with you. I think we need to teach our people the laws around us. Also, we need to put legal education in our schools, especially our HBCUs.
 

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Exactly! The only disagreement I have I guess would probably mirror what cherryblossom said in that post. The reason why I think it is best to not represent yourself is because it limits you on appeal. If a person represents themselves pro se, they cant appeal based on inadequate representation. I do understand that legal representation can be at a ridiculous cost, but more times than not it will be worth it. There are groups who have a passion to represent people and do not worry about the cost. Do be wary of some because some of these people just want to gain experience, if they are young, and do not have the passion for justice as they should in cases where people cant pay for the costly legal services. I would go for minorities who are attorneys in these programs, and attorneys who have years of experience and still participate. I agree with you. I think we need to teach our people the laws around us. Also, we need to put legal education in our schools, especially our HBCUs.




Understood, and we touch and agree. It is not advisable for one to represent themselves unless they are Board certified. But at least by learning law, as you say, we are apt to be able to discern bad representation, at the least.

Pro bono representation should be scrutinized, and would be better served by our digestion and understanding of law ...
 
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Understood, and we touch and agree. It is not advisable for one to represent themselves unless they are Board certified. But at least by learning law, as you say, we are apt to be able to discern bad representation, at the least.

Pro bono representation should be scrutinized, and would be better served by our digestion and understanding of law ...
True. I think we should know the law in order to guide our actions, know our rights, know what to do when those rights are violated, and to prevent us from being taken advantage of. I agree with candeesweet. When we are taken advantage of by the government, police, etc., it tends to make us hate the system.
 

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True. I think we should know the law in order to guide our actions, know our rights, know what to do when those rights are violated, and to prevent us from being taken advantage of. I agree with candeesweet. When we are taken advantage of by the government, police, etc., it tends to make us hate the system.



Exactly ...
 
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