August 23, 2006

All Hail the Court!

Blogging often means not knowing what the heck you're talking about but talking about it anyway, and as a blogger I hereby exercise my right to do so (if it pleases the court). With that caveat, and with the caveat that I am not a lawyer but have watched at least five episodes of Law & Order, I will proceed with reckless abandonment.

I was reading this post from Elena concerning the MacFarlane legal proceedings and my question is: Why didn't Bai's lawyer have a counter-expert refute the findings of the court-appointed psychologist? You can easily find an expert who will testify as to the benefits of homeschooling and breastfeeding.

Ok, perhaps that counselor wasn't allowed to, given the phrase "court-appointed". But re: The trial court noted that it was well aware that Husband “is autocratic, egotistical, narcissistic and manipulative.” The irony is killing: you want to know the truly "autocratic, egotistical, and manipulating" force in America? It's the Court itself! The justice system makes Bud look like a piker. 1.5 million dead babies a year testify.

Her case reminds me how there's a huge difference (in terms of punishment meted out) between a crime committed against a police office and a crime committed against a civilian. You do the latter, you're in SERIOUS trouble, much bigger trouble. They take care of their own.* Similarly, if you offend the Court (which Bai apparently did) then you're really in trouble. And Bai paid a heavy, heavy price.

Our parish priest mentioned that back in the crazy, hazy mid-'70s, his bishop instructed him that he had a "moral obligation to support the decisions of the Supreme Court". As the saying goes, you can't make it up...

* - as did the bishops when they shuttled molesting priests around? Is the downside of a close-knit community greater corruption? Louisiana, a predominantly Catholic state, has had more than its fair share of political corruption during America's history. Is cronyism the especial Catholic sin because it thrives in a society more other-reliant than self-reliance? Does the "cult of individualism" of Protestant America at least have the salutary effect of less corruption since people are less likely to engage in quid-pro-quo if they're staunch individualists?

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