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It starts with just a little thing
No one would miss at all.
What possible, perceivable harm can it do
To break just a little law?
What Harm Can It Do?, from the US Acres episode Wanted: Wade!

"For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it."
The Bible, James 2:10 (New International Version)

Dewey: What about the time when you woke up in the middle of the night and drank up all the milk? And when I got up the next morning, there was none left!
Edith: Dewey, you cheated on me!
Dewey: Oh, so I'm a cheater, but you can just drink up all the milk?

Commander Shepard: You refused to testify. Obviously, you hate justice and deserve this.
Lorik Qui'in: What insane breed of logic is that?

"I could've reeled you in years ago, but I was trolling for bigger fish. That don't mean I won't roll on you now. I'm so hungry, I'd throw a net over Father Malachi's Bingo game."
Kojak, "Out of the Frying Pan"

John Rambo: Is there a law against me getting something to eat here?
Sheriff Teasle: Yeah! Me!

Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed— would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper— the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever.

The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. 'Off with His Head!!' she said, without even looking round.

"A crime is a crime. You gotta understand—humans, we all bend the rules a little. Not them. One of them breaks a rule, he's gonna break them all. Defective. They got no concept of being just a little bad."
Doyle on the Tha-latta, "The Lydian Option"

"The sheriff has asked me to read off the punishments for breaking each of her two-hundred and twenty-three laws, but I figured I'd save everyone some time and just say this: DEATH. The punishment for everything is death! So please, keep your head down and be cool!"
Deputy Winger, Borderlands 2

TV announcer: This is the first execution to be held under the new law passed by the board of legislators that extends capital punishment to traffic offences. Francis Narrows (?) is about to pay the ultimate price for making an illegal left turn. Beside me is Lorraine Newbound, head of the Miami chapter of the League Against Non-Capital Punishment. Now, Ms. Newbound, you are of course in favor of this new law.
Ms. Newbound: Absolutely. I just wish they would go one step further and include non-moving violations.
TV announcer: Parking offences?
Ms. Newbound: Well, a crime is a crime. Why should we pay good money for jails just to keep criminals alive? Death to all crooks! (smiles in joy)

The Capital Wasteland lacks a unified government, and any institutional system of crime and punishment. If you wrong someone, prepare to pay with your life.
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"There is no sin greater than another in God's eyes. He sees a lie and a homicide the same way."
sr. scholls,FSTDT

"And Draco himself, they say, being asked why he made death the penalty for most offences, replied that in his opinion the lesser ones deserved it, and for the greater ones no heavier penalty could be found."
Plutarch on Draco, ancient Athenian legislator (who is the source of the adjective "draconian," by the way)

Only in Har Ganeth are acts such as murder, thievery and public debauchery considered to be crimes - a hard burden to bear for a people so steeped in thoughtless depravity. Worse, under Har Ganeth law, here is but a single penalty for infraction: the transgressor is led in chains to the summit of the highest sacrificial pyramid and beheaded - there can only be one punishment in Khaine's chosen city.
Warhammer: Dark Elves Army Book (8th edition)

Real Life

"It is a melancholy truth, that among the variety of actions which men are daily liable to commit, no less than a hundred and sixty have been declared by Act of Parliament to be felonious without benefit of clergy; or, in other words, to be worthy of instant death."
William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England

"Looking at the recent slew of racially-charged murder cases, being a black American starts to feel like you're a Game of Thrones character — expendable. Is it acceptable to shoot blacks for playing loud music or walking home in a hoodie? What about knocking on a door for help in a predominantly white neighborhood?"
Hillary Crosley, Jezebel

"America now has about 150 SWAT raids every day, and most of them are for non-violent crimes like drug possession. And the problem is that...crazy over-the-top SWAT tactics hurt people. They hurt small people. In April, a SWAT team badly burned a toddler when they dropped a flash grenade into his crib while searching for a relative they thought might be carrying drugs. And in 2010, a SWAT team shot and killed a 7-year-old girl when they accidentally raided the wrong house. Even when innocent humans don't die, it's common for police in these raids to shoot pet dogs on sight. All this is a pretty high price to pay for the 'those bullets would have just sat around and gone to waste' defense.

Everyone knows that soldiers in wars often dehumanize their enemies. It's what happens when you're trained to see every person as a potential enemy, rather than a human with dreams and a favorite taco recipe and a Mario Kart high score. In war, this is probably inevitable. But when cops are dehumanizing their own communities — when they're interacting with the people they're meant to serve and protect from inside armored vehicles and at the other end of machine guns — things get really fucked up."

"One wonders whether Moore, Ashcroft, the U.S. Congress, and three-quarters of the American people would like to see the punishments for breaking these hallowed commandments also specified in marble and placed in our nation’s courts. What, after all, is the punishment for taking the Lord’s name in vain? It happens to be death (Leviticus 24:16). What is the punishment for working on the Sabbath? Also death (Exodus 31:15). What is the punishment for cursing one’s father or mother? Death again (Exodus 21:17). What is the punishment for adultery? You’re catching on (Leviticus 20:10). While the commandments themselves are difficult to remember (especially since chapters 20 and 34 of Exodus provide us with incompatible lists), the penalty for breaking them is simplicity itself."
Sam Harris, with regards to the Roy Moore Ten Commandments controversy, in his book The End Of Faith

"I think putting thieves to death is not lawful; and it is plain and obvious that it is absurd and of ill consequence to the commonwealth that a thief and a murderer should be equally punished; for if a robber sees that his danger is the same if he is convicted of theft as if he were guilty of murder, this will naturally incite him to kill the person whom otherwise he would only have robbed; since, if the punishment is the same, there is more security, and less danger of discovery, when he that can best make it is put out of the way; so that terrifying thieves too much provokes them to cruelty."
Thomas More


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