Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia...

A woman was sentenced by a court in Saudi Arabia to receive ten lashes for driving a car.

That fact alone demonstrates Saudi barbarism. But what's extra fascinating to me is that "driving while female" isn't against the law in Saudi Arabia. That's right. There is no law against it.

Which raises the question: How do judges view their role? Usually, a judge's role is related in some way to laws.

In Saudi Arabia, however, you can be accused of something that isn't a crime, isn't against the law, and the judge can simply say: "Yeah, I don't really like the sound of that. Therefore, somebody is going to whip you."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/court-sentences-saudi-woman-with-10-lashes-for-defying-ban-on-driving-a-car/2011/09/27/gIQAuJ6r1K_story.html
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