Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lawyer Jailed for Not Saying Pledge...

I've generally never liked judges, though my exposure to them has been thankfully limited to courtroom shows on television, and maybe a couple traffic tickets.  I'm sure there are good ones out there who don't think they are the right arm of god, but Chancellor Talmadge (WTF?) Littlejohn of Mississippi isn't one of the good guys.  Here's a little picture of Littlejohn:

On October 6, Littlejohn jailed lawyer Danny Lampley for "failure to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance as ordered."  Sounds like the angry old scrotum just likes bullying people around.  In 1943, the US Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced to say the pledge.  I guess those freedoms end when you hit the real world.

What a disgusting display of ignorance and abuse of power.  

This is one of those times where it's OK to feel bad for a lawyer.  Their paths will likely cross in court again, and when they do I wonder what Lampley will do.  Will he fight this affront to personal, constitutionally protected freedom and respectfully decline to pledge?  Or should he give in to the judge's request in order to better serve his client?


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