What do lawyers think of vigilantes?
This is what this lawyer thinks of vigilantes:
As the proverb goes, “Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.” Yet taking the law into your own hands is inherently prone to abuse. That is why vigilante justice is not the conventional form of justice among decent people. Taking the law into your own hands is inherently prone to abuse. Yet there are clearly times when the law and the legal system fails, even times where it is a tool of injustice and oppression and tyranny. When that is the case, vigilantism is justified, in many cases necessary. It’s what birthed the American Revolution. It was clearly justified in the Battle of Athens. It appears it was likely justified in the case of Ken McElroy. But was it justified in the case of Gary Plauche and other cases like his? Was it justifiable vigilante justice in response to George Floyd’s death? Again, the problem is knowing when and to what degree vigilante justice warrants the suspension/supplanting of the rule of law. When is it too much too soon? Clearly, an abundance of caution, even erring on the side of caution, is wise when it comes to implementing vigilante justice.
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