$290,000 Speeding Ticket: Is this fair?

Ok, while we are on the subject of philosophising, consider some of the questions that arise from the following news article:

A millionaire motorist clocked up a record fine of 299,000 Swiss francs ($290,000) after Swiss police caught him racing through a village at 100 km per hour in his red Ferrari Testarossa, Swiss media reported on Thursday. (Reuters Jan 7 2010)

Upon first reading this, I could not believe how a society might charge someone $290,000 for a speeding fine. After all, we always like to think that justice Continue reading