President Obama will forever be remembered as the “first” to do many things. And with his recent visit to a federal prison in Oklahoma, he added to that list by becoming the first sitting president to make such a trip-no, not to El Reno Correctional Institution specifically (although that’s true too), but rather, to any federal prison in general.
I fancy myself a documentary-film aficionado. When the subject matter is criminal law, it’s a true win-win. Last week, I had occasion to see a newly-released HBO documentary titled, “Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop.” It was fascinating. For those of you who didn’t see it, I suggest you watch it.
We’ve all heard the expression that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” It means that a person cannot escape punishment for violating criminal laws regardless of whether he or she knew of their existence. Being well versed in the laws doesn’t provide an avenue for relieve for criminals either.