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Letter: The Law Of Distraction

Anton columnist Michael Miller was absolutely right to say, about the legal requirement that Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio follow up his publicly-pledged oral oath of office with a signed, written oath, “What a stupid law.” However, he called it an example of “the worst kind of law, the kind that is selectively enforced.” As bad as I agree it is, I believe there are many more equally bad — and worse — laws. Such as laws written (sometimes purposely?) with loopholes so big you could drive a truck through them; laws that are almost never enforced; laws “enforced” with pathetic slaps on the wrist, probations, conditional discharges, suspended sentences, concurrent sentences, community service, token fines viewed as a cost-of-doing-business and other “punishments” that fail to have the most desired effect of any “prohibitive” law: a deterrent effect. Therefore, I hope every Anton newspaper will invite its readers to submit their nominees for bad laws that themselves need the “death penalty.”

Richard Siegelman