We live in an absolutely huge universe. I don’t want to get too Carl Sagan on you, but let’s face it, the more we know about the universe—the bigger it gets.
We’ve known for a while that our universe is full of stars. And these stars form galaxies. There are billions and billions of galaxies that each contain billions and billions of stars.
Add to that a boat load of planets orbiting all those stars. That’s right, we’ve now discovered planets everywhere.
The funny thing about all of this is that Earth is the only place we know of where atoms are observing atoms. Amazing, right? All this stuff in the universe, but only one place where the “stuff” is observing the other “stuff.” (If we had all the time in the world, I would launch into a short quantum physics discussion, in particular, how “conscious observation” effects physics. Or, we could discuss Fermi’s Paradox. Now, my web people tell me I’ve got to get to a legal discussion eventually–but they don’t really read what I write–so let’s dig deeper with the knowledge that my web people aren’t reading this. Anyway, the physicist Ernico Fermi was at a science conference where the white coats were giddy over their predictions as to just how much extraterrestrial life must be out there besides us—given how big the universe is. He was the Debbie Downer of that physics conference, posing the simple question: “Where is everybody?”)
Observation is a funny thing. Even when it comes to criminal law, observation is just as important as it is in science. The police cannot just go off to search a home based upon a hunch, they have to observe some bad stuff and report it to a judge who may then issue a warrant. If you’ve seen as many criminal cases as I have in my 25 years of defending, one thing is for certain:
The police are watching. Continue Reading