Imponderable #52: Norway

29 Jun

June 29, 2012

Before this article I knew Norway as little more than the home of Sig Hansen, Rose Nylund, and not the Vikings.

I’m not sure I understand the problem here. While it would be cruel under Norwegian law to sentence him to solitary, where is the problem if no one can simply be found to bunk with him? I do not interpret the law (and yes, I am a noted Norwegian law scholar) as saying that it is a mandate the he have a cell mate. Is this a state-sponsored hook up?

The Norwegian government is acting like the parent of an unpopular 9-year-old, trying to bribe his classmates to come to his birthday party by throwing it at McDonald’s and promising them a clown and a Justin Bieber concert. Should the government really be in the business of finding friends?

On the other hand, how would you feel if the government came to you with the news that you have been selected as a potential friend for this guy? Would you like to be told you are a potential friend and cellie of a sociopath? Of course we are talking about other inmates who likely have similar tendencies, but still, that isn’t a compliment.

Why is Norway playing matchmaker with its craziest inmate?

The question is Imponderable.

Seems to me this is a classic case of throw the guy under the jail.

4 Responses to “Imponderable #52: Norway”

  1. zathra June 29, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    I can understand white collar prisons with all these privileges ( more like country clubs ), but this case sounds more than a little STRANGE. The officials are looking for ” friends “, maybe ones who can procure digging materials not unlike Morgan Freeman’s character in ” The Shawshank Redemption “, perhaps ?


  2. Jimbo June 29, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I too am a law authority from Norway.


    • bmj2k June 29, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      I know. I saw you at the last Norwegian Bar Association fish fry.


      • Jimbo June 29, 2012 at 11:02 am #

        They put on a good party.


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