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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: I Fought the Law

“Some attorneys are attempting to use Ohio's new gay marriage amendment to defend unmarried clients against domestic violence charges.
The constitutional amendment, which took effect on Dec. 1, denies legal status to unmarried couples.
In at least two cases last week, the Cuyahoga County public defender's office has asked a judge to dismiss domestic-violence charges against unmarried defendants, arguing that the charges violate the amendment by affording marriage-like legal status to unmarried victims who live with the people accused of attacking them.”
-Associated Press, January 16, 2005

“A judge who wore blackface makeup, handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit at a Halloween party will be suspended for six months, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The justices voted 5-2 to suspend Judge Timothy Ellender for a year without pay for dishonoring his position, but to defer half of that penalty. Ellender will lose more than $50,000 in pay, one judge noted.
Ellender, who is white, testified the costumes worn by him and his wife — she was dressed as a policewoman — were meant only as a joke to show he was her prisoner.”
-Associated Press, December 13, 2004

“U.S. military panels reviewing the detention of foreigners as enemy combatants are allowed to use evidence gained by torture in deciding whether to keep them imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the government conceded in court Thursday.”
-Associated Press, December 2, 2004

“You know, in the legal profession you really can’t use illegally obtained evidence in a trial… unless you happen to be the government I guess.”

“State Representative Cynthia Davis of Missouri prefiled two bills for the next session of the Legislature that she said ‘reflect what people want.’ One would remove the state's requirement that all forms of contraception and their potential health effects be taught in schools, leaving the focus on abstinence. Another would require publishers that sell biology textbooks to Missouri to include at least one chapter with alternative theories to evolution.
‘These are common-sense, grass-roots ideas from the people I represent, and I'd be very surprised if a majority of legislators didn't feel they were the right solutions to these problems,’ Ms. Davis said.
‘It's like when the hijackers took over those four planes on Sept. 11 and took people to a place where they didn't want to go,’ she added. ‘I think a lot of people feel that liberals have taken our country somewhere we don't want to go. I think a lot more people realize this is our country and we're going to take it back.’”
-New York Times, December 13, 2004

“Because birth control and the theory of evolution are a lot like terrorism.”


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