[identity profile] m-danson.livejournal.com
Note that this game summary is for last night's game and does not cover any of the other missing game summaries.

April 12-13, 2029; Venice, Italy )
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[identity profile] dracodraconis.livejournal.com
The following is a summary of Max's internal examination of what is happening within the ratcatchers.

I was brought up with a strong sense of Right and Wrong and a desire to help people. This lead me first into Medicine, then into law. The purpose of Law, as I was brought up to understand, was to protect people, all people. As times changed, Law evolved to deal with things previously unheard of. Consider now the most recent developments.

Jack, a known serial killer who was being magically held slipped his bonds without those holding him knowing. This brings forth the question of how one holds a person so magically gifted that they cannot truely be held if they decide to escape. If this same person is a danger to society, how can the public be protected. I have long been against capital punishment, and was particularly disgusted to learn this was practiced by Ottawa's Fey court. The case of Jack highlights a limitation of Canada's current legal system; it assumes any person can be incarcerated indefinitely if need be. However, we now have the situation of a person that cannot be incarcerated. Perhaps, as we learn more about the shear power of some mages, we need to rethink our stand against capital punishment and agree to apply it in situations where it is impossible to protect the public from this individual without killing them. Perhaps, in this case, we have something to learn from the Fey? Much as I would advocate removing a gangrenous limb, I would advocate a policy of "shoot on sight" for Jack. In this, I agree with Ms. Danson's assessment and disagree with how it appears the RCMP will be handling it. He cannot be held, and nothing in his profile indicates that he will stop killing.

This leads to the situation under which Ms Danson has left or was removed from her position. The facts of the case are that she had been involved in originally bringing him in at great personal risk and was physically, and no doubt psychologically, scarred for life. The days immediately after his excape she appeared to have had little or no sleep, focusing on finding him. When we did encounter him, she was willing to order her team to kill an innocent victim to ensure he no longer posed a danger. (As a side note, the fact that her team, myself excluded, willing fired on an innocent victim is particularly troubling). In this action she demonstrated herself to be a danger to society so I expect she was released from duty. Legally speaking this was a logical response to her actions; knowing her profile, she knew that would be the outcome and would accept it as a consequence of her higher calling to protect the public. In my professional opinion she should have been released from duty at that point and remitted for physchological councilling.

Here, however, we are presented with a problem. Although she was willing to sacrifice an innocent victim to rid society of a greater risk, she had accurately assessed the risk he posed. Indeed, she is currently the only person connected to the DTA who is likely to find him. From the perspective of society, the risk she poses is small with respect to the risk Jack poses. She should, under supervision, be permitted to continue in the investigation, perferably in an "unofficial" capacity. One can hope that some in the DTA have opted for public censure while placing her into a position to quietly continue her investigation. Time will tell if reason has won out over blind adherence to Law.

This then leads to the last point; should one continue to blindly follow the Rule of Law when following it will only result in more deaths? The Rule of Law states that Ms Danson should be arrested and tried for public endangement as should all of her team. The Rule of Law also states that Jack must be captured and incarcerated. The latter is not possible given our current resources, and the former removes from the case a significant resource. When the Law fails in its stated goal of protecting the public, should it be followed?
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[identity profile] dracodraconis.livejournal.com
A fundamental question in this investigation is what Jack is in practical terms. The following summarizes the possibilities. Given what we have encountered in the past year, abandoning a possibility just because we know of no mechanism to explain it is tantamount to burying ones head in the sand.

1) He was Jack the Ripper )

2) He is not Jack the Ripper )
[identity profile] m-danson.livejournal.com
The spells that maintained her strength had long since worn off. She no longer had enough energy to renew them so she had to fall back on a cop's best friend... strong black coffee. She was on her sixth cup when they came for her.

She was the restaurant's lone customer amidst the sea of upturned chairs. One petite unarmed woman should not have been threatening. She sat at the bar, sipping coffee and eating sushi with her fingers. The uniformed police officers approached her carefully, as if approaching a particularly venomous snake. She ignored them and popped another piece of sashami into her mouth. The officers hesitated then looked to their commanding officer. He straightened his vest then stepped forward.

"Ms. Danson?"

She acknowledged his question with a half-glance over her shoulder.

"Ms. Danson. We are here..."

The door to the kitchen swung open. Startled, the cops brought their guns to bear on a middle-aged Japanese man carrying a steaming bowl of miso soup. Both sides stared at each other uncertain until Ms. Danson spoke into the tense silence,

"You came here to arrest me."

The officer in charge stumbled over his reply.

"Yes director... mame... I mean... You are..."

Danson smiled to herself.

"Don't worry. I will come peacefully."

They relaxed.

"After I finish eating."

She signaled for the chef to bring the soup and bowed slightly to him as he set the bowl in front of her. He withdrew behind the bar. The officers exchanged confused glances as they were ordered to stand down and wait. Shielded from view by the bulk of her body her hands shook in thier attempts to bring soup to her mouth. When it became clear that spoon was not going to cooperate she carefully set it aside and lifted the bowl to her lips. Both elbows rested on the bar bracing her arms and holding the bowl steady. Deliberate and natural. No signs of weakness.

An officer coughed.

Another fidgeted as the chef polished his knives.

Danson savoured her soup.

With a contented sigh she set the bowl down and rose to her feet. The police snapped to attention behind her. She reached behind her. They tensed. She pulled out her wallet. They relaxed. She dumped a wad of bills onto the bar in front of the japanese man. For just a moment before she turned they shared a glance. A shared good-bye full of sadness and understanding.

"Let's get this show on the road then," she said as she presented her wrists to the officer in charge.

Cuffed and guarded she was lead out to the waiting patrol car.

He waited until the flashing lights were a memory and the echos of the siren could no longer be heard before he pulled the card out from under the pile of cash. Carefully he put it in the pocket of his coat. He locked the front door behind him. Two streets over he found an unoccupied pay phone and called the number on the card. A few brief words was all that was needed. Three blocks further down he found a second pay phone. This time he dialed from memory, an international number. This call took longer. As he made his report a tear rolled down his face. Absently he reached up to wipe it away. For just a second his sleeve fell open exposing the small tattoo on the inside of his wrist. A stylized flame growing from the center of three concentric circles.

May 2013

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