Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Pitcairn Island: After the Mutiny on the Bounty
In considering how law applies to a particular crime, it is often necessary to consider the particular circumstances surrounding it–mitigating and otherwise. Even while lawmakers are reiterating, “the law is the law,” in reality, it is often the level of guilt that must be considered even when a crime has clearly been committed. And in certain situations, it’s even necessary to factor in certain historical information germane to the case. Case in point: the unlikely history of the inhabitants of Pitcairn Island, a tiny, two-square mile rocky outcropping located in a remote area of the South Pacific, and most notably familiar for the infamous Mutiny on the Bounty that led to its occupation by Europeans. Read more . . .