...not live and remain at liberty again without violating the law ...

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Wookie

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Korea, Korean
Without elaborating, the board also said, “there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty again without violating the law and your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society” and would “so deprecate the serious nature of the crime.” (source)

I have trouble understading the phrase underlined.
I don't get what "not living at liberty without violating the law" is.
Could you rephrase the example so that I understand with ease?
 
  • GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    There are two thoughts here:
    1) you would not live (outside of prison) without violating the law
    2) you would not remain at liberty without violating the law.

    Do you understand the idea of being set free and then becoming someone who would obey the law in the future? The parole board does not believe this person is capable of doing that.
     

    marquess

    Senior Member
    U.K. English
    There are two thoughts here:
    1) you would not live (outside of prison) without violating the law
    2) you would not remain at liberty without violating the law.

    Do you understand the idea of being set free and then becoming someone who would obey the law in the future? The parole board does not believe this person is capable of doing that.
    It might go further than that:
    1) you would not live (outside of prison) without violating the law
    2) you would not remain at liberty without violating the law.

    ie. therefore 2) You should not be released
    and 1) You should be executed
     

    GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    It might go further than that:
    1) you would not live (outside of prison) without violating the law
    2) you would not remain at liberty without violating the law.

    ie. therefore 2) You should not be released
    and 1) You should be executed
    Executed??? There is nothing in the context that remotely supports this truly singular interpretation.
     
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