One of the worst periods in judicial ignorance in American history was the Salem Witch trials. In this case, hundreds of people were imprisioned and some were executed due to little other than the ignorance (and sometimes maliciousness) of the people around them.
I was reminded of those trials today when I heard about the case of Julie Amero. I hadn't heard the story before, but I read about it first on Amrit's blog. Amrit pointed the reader at Ryan Russell's comprehensive article on the story. And I found myself with my jaw hanging open. From Ryan's story:
"There's a good chance that you've already heard something about Julie. She's perhaps better known as the Connecticut substitute schoolteacher who's been convicted of "child endangerment." She now faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison because porn pop-ups appeared on a school computer."
Actually, Ryan, I hadn't heard anything about Julie. But I have now. And, even more importantly, I now know about this website with much of the information on the case. And, more importantly, the ability to donate to her defense, which I'll be doing shortly.
I can't stand seeing people buttonholed because of nothing more than ignorance. It's one of the reasons that the Maher Arar case got me so riled up and continues to to this day.