The thing is, private citizens are expected to learn the law well enough to avoid breaking it, by virtue of having graduated from mandatory schooling.
But police also have that level of education, plus training from a college or police academy on top of it. By any standard, while police are hardly trained to the standard of a lawyer in the law, they ARE more educated in it than a private citizen is.
How is it that they can get more latitude on knowledge of the law despite having more training, than people who have less knowledge?
Simple. Police who are accused of wrongdoing are treated as innocent until proven guilty -- that's what it looks like when someone is treated as innocent, prior to being proven guilty. That's how it's supposed to work -- for everyone.
But the corruption of the legal system comes into play when ONLY police and other officials are treated as the law mandates everyone be treated. Non-officials are treated as guilty until proven innocent these days.
Exactly. So what if police exaggerated the danger on the warrant application? So what if the small time drug pusher didn't REALLY have fifteen thermonuclear bombs in his sock drawer? You can't know for sure until you go look!
My current lease has a poorly-written clause in it that threatens eviction if you violate it.
The clause in question flatly prohibits any electrical, gas or solid fuel device that produces heat from the apartment without prior written consent of the landlord. It goes on to say that written consent will NOT be given unless sought in advance. Each copy of the lease includes a page for individual items to be listed as having consent.
As the clause is phrased, it applies to everything in the apartment from the baseboard heaters to the hot water heater, from the stove to the refrigerator. The intent of the landlord was to stop people from using gas, electric or charcoal grills inside the apartment or out on the balcony, but it so broadly written it could be read to prohibit FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.
None of the landlord-installed devices that are physically wired into the structure of the apartment (stove, baseboard heaters, water heater, overhead lighting, etc) are on the approved list for my lease. Nor are any of the plugged-in but landlord-supplied appliances, such as the refrigerator.
And as written, it is the tenant's (not the landlord's) duty to remove all unapproved devices under penalty of eviction!
Unsurprisingly, everybody in the building is ignoring that clause, including the property manager.
Of course they are. Everyone knows musicians are just leeches that take and take and take without giving anything back. Why, without recording companies and industry groups like RIAA, nobody would know what music even sounds like!
"For example, this could prevent French citizens from seeing content that is perfectly legal in France."
There are things France (and others) do as a nation that would be criminal acts in the United States. For example, displaying Nazi symbols or denying the holocaust are illegal in many Western European nations, but are protected speech under US law.
This means that, in theory, someone could sue France in a US federal court for civil/constitutional rights violations. If French law can reach into other countries, then US law can reach into France.
But it goes even further still. Anything you can sue for and win under 42 USC 1983 is also a criminal act under 18 USC 241 & 242. Winning a civil lawsuit for rights violation generates enough probable cause for a grand jury indictment and extradition to stand trial on criminal charges.
I wonder how the President of France would feel about being unable to enter the US or any country we have an extradition treaty with under penalty of immediate arrest for a crime punishable by 10 years to life in prison?
Well in honor of the differences between the US and Germany...
Sod-dumb, cowardly and hesitant/ Is Erdogan the President/ His boner smells like Döner/ Even a pig's fart smells finer/ He's the man who punches girls/ while wearing a bloody rubber mask/ Things he loves the most/ is shagging goats/ and oppressing minorities This kind of criticism would be illegal! Kicking Kurds, beating up Christians/ while watching child porn/ And in the evening instead of a nap/ Fellatio with a hundred sheep/ Erdogan is all things considered/ a President with a tiny wang/ I repeat this is an example of what would be illegal!
Given how France seems to think it has global jurisdiction...
I wonder what it would take to get a prosecutor and a grand jury to indict the upper levels of the French government for conspiracy to violate US Constitutional rights -- a felony -- and seek extradition?
After all, if France can reach into other countries and ignore their sovereignty, then naturally other sovereign nations can do the same to France.