Inmate Mails Egg, Judge Mimics Dr. Seuss
As the Associated Press reported, an inmate of a federal prison in New Hampshire was unhappy with the diet, so he sent a complaint - and a boiled egg - to a judge. U.S. District Court Judge James Muirhead answered as follows:
I do not like eggs in the file. I do not like them in any style. I will not take them fried or boiled. I will not take them poached or broiled. I will not take them soft or scrambled/Despite an argument well-rambled. No fan I am/Of the egg at hand. Destroy that egg! Today! Today! Today I say! Without delay!
I'd be interested in seeing the bookshelf in the judge's chambers.
Labels: Dr. Seuss, food, inmate, judge, Muirhead, prison
Judge Bans Use of Word Rape in Trial
When I first heard about the Salon art ice
about a Nebraska judge granted the motion of defense attorneys to ban from a trial the use of the words and terms rape
, sexual assault
, and sexual assault kit
, I was frothing at the mouth. (OK, flecks of foam.) But when I actually got to the article itself, I started having some sympathy for the judge.
Language is the stuff of thought. As George Orwell noted in his novel 1984, if you control the meaning of words, you control what thoughts someone can think. The situation under trial is complex. Two people had drinks. The woman apparently blacked out and, awaking the next morning, found the man having intercourse with her. She asked him to stop and he did.
Did the woman consent when drunk? Did either of them know what they were doing? Clearly the woman's experience was bad. Someone having an indifferent intimate evening with another doesn't charge rape out of ennui. But is the situation somewhere between rape and consent? Does calling the act sex or intercourse alone provide an assumption of legitimacy?
It's complex, and finding the truth is at least difficult, if even possible. But either the state has charged the man with rape or it hasn't. How can people address a criminal charge when the system dares not allow attorneys to speak the name of the crime?
Labels: bans, crime, judge, rape, trial