Saturday, November 15th, 2008 | Author:

Phil Leggiere has posted an incredible story on Don’t Tase Me, Bro! It seems that Ian Freeman, host of the nationally-syndicated talk show Free Talk Live, from Keene, NH, has been sentenced to 93 days in jail because … well, because he had a couch on his lawn. Admittedly, he refused to stand up (or sit down, I’m not clear on that) when the judge entered the court room, which earned him an immediate 30 days for contempt. But ludicrous proceedings like this not only make criminals out of average law-abiding citizens, they reduce respect for legitimate laws.

Personally, I’ve always wondered how that little bow-down-to-royalty tradition got established here in the first place, and it seems I’m not the only one to question the practice. Florida lawyer Joe Negron introduced an amendment that would prohibit this requirement. As reported in the Florida Bar News:

While he has no problem voluntarily standing to show his respect for the court, Negron said, he objects to “a person with a gun and handcuffs, telling me that I must do something, and demanding an overt act.”

It seems to me that respect is something one earns. If you have to demand it at the point of a gun, it’s respect for the gun, not the person or the office. And this judge in New Hampshire must not earn much respect.

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