Should Lance Armstrong Be In Jail?

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  1. The second point is disgusting, it essentially equates to “rich people are above the law”, and highlights how broken our legal system is. When celebrities do it it goes unpunished, which reinforces both the cool-factor and creates a false sense of security among poorer drug users, who then get busted and have their lives ruined. They should be pursuing these cases to set high-profile examples and deter others, regardless of the higher costs – it’s a preventative measure.

  2. Kirsten (in MT) says:

    Victimless offenses should not be prosecuted. Against anyone. Vices are not crimes.

    • Defrauding a major sporting event is not a victimless crime.

    • Cheating to win money is not a victimless crime – a lot of other people trained hard and legitimately to try and win those races and the prestige/sponsorship etc that comes with.

  3. All this makes me admire Greg LeMond much more.

  4. wellokaythen says:

    I’m always troubled by the impulse to put someone in jail for doing something wrong. There’s something very puritanical about assuming that something that’s morally wrong has to be made illegal. Not all drugs banned in one context are actually illegal, so it’s not the doping per se that is actionable. I don’t think everything that’s immoral should be illegal.

    I think there is a case to be made for fraud, perhaps. I can see a valid argument there, certainly the possibility of a civil suit of some kind. That’s a specific set of questions, however, not just “throw him in jail because he cheated!”

    Many outraged, self-righteous Americans are going to hate me saying this, but in the case of doping for the Tour de France, isn’t this actually the French government’s call? He doped on foreign soil, so there’s a jurisdictional question here.

  5. The whole subject of Testosterone (and derivatives) and Men is a subject that needs to be taken out of the taboo closet and revisited from a post feminist perspective in 2012. The Olympic ideals of fair play is one subject. Testosterone clinics for men over 40 popping up all over South Florida is another. The interesting thing is women’s reactions. I read an editorial in major paper, by a prominent editorialist modern woman who advocated that men’s biological decline in naturally producing testosterone after age 40 is, and has been, beneficial to society (read traditional) in that they (men) are more prone to settling done and partake in family/children rearing…adding that most destruction in the world has testosterone behind it. So I say it again, this topic is critical to discuss in a post feminist world as it underpins a huge “elephant” in the room….as well as fears…by men, that a feminized world will result in a No tolerance policy on testosterone.

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