[quote="Lasting_faith, post:6, topic:325705"]
Interesting, interesting indeed. We have very different legal system in Europe so I can not compare it with the US laws, and actually, I don't know much about our system neither. But I will try to answer it, if I get a bit latitude here, from the moral point.
Good to get a non-U.S. viewpoint.
A Christian, not only Catholics, are, if they practice their faith, to tell the truth, and admit guilt if so has happen.
Quite agree. The problem (at least in the U.S.) is that in the way the system is set up there can be a series a charges brought and the plea is entered for the group and not for each particular count of the indictment. So - if an indictment contains even one item that you believe you are not guilty of then you must plead not guilty to the whole indictment.
The particulars are then sorted out later either by negotiation between the attorneys or during a trial.
Driving and drinking is a thing that should be forbidden and the punishment should be much more severe then they are, so that is sin number one. If you kill someone, or close to, and have the knowledge why, you are guilty. Nobody can sin without knowing it. It is always a choice, not bad luck. (It is not the fault of the police if you get a ticket for speeding, you did choose to do so.)
At the risk of derailing the thread, I have to disagree with the idea that one cannot sin without knowing it. your speeding example is a good illustration. I know from personal experience that I can find myself speeding, not because I chose to speed, but because I was not paying enough attention.
If I were pulled over and given a ticket for the "sin" of speeding I would indeed be guilty and culpable for the sin even though I did not realize at the time I was doing it.
In the same way we can fall into sin through inattention.
So, from a moral stand point, the law is strict. You did it, you pay for it, and I think that should be the way to handle crimes also in US, no legal tricks, only a "yes, I did it" or a "no, I did not do it". That is how things are processed in Europe.
Well said....The only caveat to be offered to this is, as I mentioned earlier, the way in which an indictment is worded can have an effect on how one pleads in open court.