Monday, May 16, 2005

No Trial, Just Jail? Must Be France!

My internet friend, Shelby-Jeanne, was able to rejoice at church yesterday when some dear friends walked into the service after spending 8 months in jail. Apparently someone gave the family's daughter something that had been stolen. Since the family didn't have their French papers at that moment, they were thrown into jail (the whole family!) until they were found innocent last week. They were never given a trial or a lawyer, just jail.

You know, the BBC is ragging on the US for being behind most of Europe in the opportunities for women (based on standards that would require the 50% income tax rate that much of Europe seems to pay), but hey, at least we provide lawyers for people charged with a crime!