First the link:
Read the article, the synopsis is that a fellow turned in a firearm he'd found in his garden to police, was arrested, and convicted of illegally possessing a firearm. For complying with the intent of a law he was convicted for disobeying the letter of the law.
If you're ever selected for jury duty look up the principle of jury nullification. In short a jury can render a verdict of not proven or not guilty in spite of the law or evidence. I would urge any juror to only use this verdict in a situation where justice would be served, such as the case in article cited above.
Addendum 02 Dec 2009 A Response to Comments By Lux Mentis
I would argue that we have a fairly well educated populace. Confounded with that is that despite a generally well educated populace (I believe) we do not have a populace well trained in critical thinking.
I read an article awhile back about Judge striking down the stunt driving law as unconstitutional. They are correct by the way as far as I can tell. I took the time to read the comments and I noticed many articulate vociferous defenders of the stunt driving law. Yet not one of those defenders thought critically enough to realize the implications of what they were saying. The judge essentially declared the law unconstitutional because the law gave the ability to the government to send someone to jail without a trial (six months for stunt driving by the way). I repeat for emphasis WITHOUT A TRIAL. I think Gulags aren't far behind when I read about governments drafting this sort of legislation.
But here's where I think that people's lack of critical thinking is demonstrated. The judge in rendering a verdict like this is indicating to the government that the law needs to be rewritten to exclude an absolute liability that can lead to a penal term. Almost every commenter missed that point and many missed the danger of allowing a government to jail a citizen without a trial.
So in response to Lux Mentis' comments, the problem is not one of knowledge (education) but rather one of skill, the skill of critical thinking.
I encourage everyone to read the comments. One of Heather Malick's polemics was mentioned in the comments I would also direct you to read Charles Adler's response to Heather Malick's pride in her Canadian Citizenship.