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Justice and Vindictiveness [Quote]

“Punishment should not be vindictive or retaliatory. The criminal has incurred the penalties of the law, but not the hate and sadism of the judge, the policeman, and the ever lynch-thirsty mob” [Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism, Chapter 1 The Foundations of Liberal Policy, Sub Chapter 13 The State and Antisocial Conduct]

I love this quote by Ludwig von Mises. It brings into the question what the objective of justice is. Justice is not revenge quenching. Justice is a form of penalizing bad behaviour and a deterrence for others from engaging in bad behaviour. Justice must be done without the lynch-thirsty mob which i take to mean that when justice is being dispensed the judge must look at the facts and not have to worry about the mob, so basically justice must be preformed by weighing evidence and not emotions.