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French car-burning justified On 9th December a court in Orléans acquitted 49 people who had destroyed thousands of euros worth of GM corn of “acting in consort to seriously damage the property of another,” even though they pleaded guilty. They convinced the judge that “the danger of the uncontrolled spread of genes” constitutes a “state of necessity.” In other words, criminal damage is justified if what is damaged constitutes “an urgent and irreversible risk” to the environment. Since a far greater risk to the environment is the internal combustion engine, this judgement presumably opens the way for all responsible French…

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