[LMB] Crime and Punishment

Louann Miller domelouann at gmail.com
Fri Dec 13 20:14:48 GMT 2019


We learn later that while Cordelia has had a say in Barrayaran justice, I
forget whether it was as Countess or as Vicerene, she offered some
Barayarrans the option of Betan personlaity treatment on Beta vs. (per
Barrayaran law) the death penalty. All of them went for the death penalty.

On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 9:21 AM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:

> There is a theme in all three of Lois’ major series of what should be the
> punishment for crime. At first glance, Beta’s psychiatric response seems
> better but you don’t have to go to “Dark Beta” to see that, since it isn’t
> physically harmful, people are willing to resort to it without much
> consideration.
> Elena punched the (excuse the old fashioned word) masher in the nose and
> he threatened her with IIRC personality restructuring. No matter what her
> earrings may have indicated, they were in a spaceport. He should have at
> least thought, “She could have just landed. She might not know what that
> means.”
> They were ready to take Cordelia apart on very flimsy reasoning. I can’t
> remember the pilots name but he was justly terrified of the mental health
> board. The attitude as I read it is, “Maybe we were hasty but he’s happier
> now. No harm done.”
> This is getting long already an I’ll stop here. If there’s no response,
> I’ll drop the subject but I think it’s important.
>
> Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can
> do no other. God help me.
> William A Wenrich
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