Thursday, December 29, 2016

Repost: Concerning Virginia's Interdiction List

Originally posted on The Experience Project March 23, 2016

The state of Virginia maintains an interdiction list of residents who are prohibited from purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol. A prosecutor can suggest that a person be added to this list, in a civil court, without the accused person's knowledge, and the accused has no means of appealing the decision.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
NO PERSON SHALL be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE, LIBERTY, OR PROPERTY, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Not only is this a direct violation of the 6th amendment and 5th amendment, the accused can also be arrested and prosecuted for having the faintest scent of alcohol or being in the company of people who are consuming alcohol or who are in possession of alcohol. This law is supported as a means to crack down on habitual drunkards, but we've already learned what happens when the government treats a mental illness as a criminal offense over the past 45 years.

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