October 27th, 2015
The comedian, Jack Benny, used to answer this demand with the phrase, “I’m thinking, I’m thinking.” For Judge Wiggins of Marion, Alabama, that question was deemed part of the legal process in his courtroom. Life is no idyll for a judge in post-constitutional America but judicial review of process is not a dispensable part of the system. His Honor ordered offenders in his court with inadequate funds to pay their fines to donate blood or do time. The article (below) explains the issues quite well but merely flirts with the potential for abuses in prisons anywhere willing to engage in the ‘body parts and fluids’ trade.
Does this phrase in Leviticus 11:17 ring a bell? “The life is in the blood…”.
Your money or your life is indeed a real question today in the US of A.
News story here- http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/us/for-offenders-who-cant-pay-its-a-pint-of-blood-or-jail-time.html?_r=1