Courts in all jurisdictions seem prepared to accept defenses / excuses that a schoolteacher wouldn't accept from a 13 year old kid . .
The greatest deterrent to criminal activity is thinking that you probably won't get away with it . .
That deterrent has virtually disappeared in all areas of our life . .
The 'summary justice' dispensed by those old 'tough but fair' stewards, may not have been perfect, but was probably better than what we have now