As I try to get all my ducks in a row so I can leave this beautiful, logical, ethical, and legal state of Oregon, I feel a bit like I’m heading into the Lions Den.
Oregon does not partake in Illegal police / ICAC proactive stings. The Oregon ICAC task force, from what I am told, runs proactive stings on websites where people are actually LOOKING FOR MINORS. Hey, that kinda makes sense, doesn’t it?
But I’m leaving this state to go spend the better part of a year up in Washington State – where we KNOW illegal proactive stings are being run, costing people the lives they once new, and gaining WA state millions.
I’m a little scared.
If Washington State can run these stings, and have no consequences for their actions – how safe will I be? What if I end up in court for something up there?
In a state where mens rea (intent) isn’t necessary to prove.
Where evidence in a case is taken in the light most favorable to the state?
Where someones predisposition is ‘proven’ by being involved in an action?
By Washington state’s definition – that would mean one is predisposed to every thing they do!
According to the Dictionary:
The definition of a predisposition is a tendency, or something that is likely to happen.
Ummm, Likely to happen and happened are not the same, are they?
So what if I make a rolling stop at an intersection and there is a pedestrian walking somewhere on that SAME BLOCK???
CHARGE: ATTEMPTED MANSLAUGHTER! GUILTY!
What if I give money to a bum – AND HE HAS THE LAST TIP OF A JOINT ON HIM???
CHARGE: INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE! GUILTY!
What if I stop in a grocery store to make faces with a baby and the mother says I’m ‘sketchy’??
CHARGE: ATTEMPT TO KIDNAP! GUILTY!
How can an entire state, or an entire nation, not see the folly in what is going on here?
I am scared.
We all should be.