Are Whitehouse. gov Petitions Useless?

In response to Dillan Keen’s

I actually haven’t seen too many petitions. I hear a lot of people talk about them but as for signing any or reading any, reading records have been low for me.

I read Keen’s blog post about Snowden’s petition being overturned and it caused me to do some thinking. I think petitions are useless in courts of law and am curious now to do some research regarding whether or not a petition has changed the outcome of a defendant’s final prosecution.

I agree with Keene’s statement when he said, “there is no way the government would have gone, hey guys, so we’re doing this and wanted to talk with you about it. In a perfect world from their standpoint they would have never had to discuss it at all.” This is where the line is drawn between our democratic society and our rules in court of law.

It does bring up an interesting question as to whether this is something people should get a say in in the future. If the majority of  fellow American citizens agree with the actions of someone who still broke the law, should that play any part in how the courts are set up? I argue that they already to get a say without petitions in the form of juries. There are other factors at work here too along with the fact that I also believe people should be tried and convicted according to state and national laws.


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