National Anthem To Be Sung Tonight in Florida By Wrongly Convicted Man

When the the Star Spangled Banner is sung at Tropicana Field before the Rays take on the Cleveland Indians tonight, you might want to look more closely at the singer. William Dillon, 52, was released from prison to make the gig after serving 27 years for a murder that he did not commit. His story is not simply an inspiring account of one man’s struggle to prove his innocence, but illustrative of the problems in our criminal justice system.


Dillon was a talented baseball player being looked at for the major leagues when he was arrested for the murder. Police were investigating the beating death of James Dvorak on the morning of August 17, 1981. He had been beaten to death and left in a wooded area. Police had taped off the scene and were interviewing witnesses when Dillon approached an officer to ask about the crime. He was later brought in for multiple interrogations under the assumption that he must have known something about the crime (and given the lack of any other witnesses or suspects). The trial relied on an admitted perjurer and what the ACLU describes as “a fraudulent dog scent expert.” Then there was the sight-imparied eyewitness and jailhouse snitch. A key witness, Donna Parrish, was Dillon’s sexual partner and gave conflicting and at points incoherent testimony. She later recanted her testimony and said that she had been pressured by the Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office and threatened with 25 years in prison.

DNA evidence was never tested and, as in many such cases, prosecutors fought his every effort to test the evidence and seek later reviews of the evidence. Prosecutors relied on a jailhouse snitch. These snitches are notoriously unreliable but jurors often accept their testimony. These snitches look for anyone to testify against to cut a deal with prosecutors and there are many cases where they simply made up accounts to please prosecutors. Nevertheless, some prosecutors routinely use them — mining prison yards for instant witnesses. Thus Dillon’s case had all of the troubling elements of abusive criminal cases: lack of direct evidence, failure to test DNA evidence, reliance on snitch testimony and an eye-witness id. Moreover, there has been no discipline of prosecutors or police responsible for these failures. There has not even been an inquiry into allegations that prosecutors threatened and coerced false testimony from witnesses. Once again, a state pays out over one million dollars and destroys a man’s life, but there is no serious inquiry into the wrongdoing of either investigators or prosecutors in the case.

It was the Innocence Project of Florida – not the police or the prosecutors — that sought to test sweat on a bloody T-shirt — the key piece of evidence at trial. It belonged to another man. The jailhouse snitch later recanted his testimony against Dillon.

While in jail, Dillon turned to music and became a popular country singer in the prison. He is now seeking a singing career. He has written songs with cathartic themes and titles like “Black Robes and Lawyers” and “Passing Time” and “Only Freedom Matters” and “Lost in Time.”

Here is an interview with Dillon:


Source: FOX

43 thoughts on “National Anthem To Be Sung Tonight in Florida By Wrongly Convicted Man

  1. Think that you got troubles. Watch this again, if you can stand it.

    Re: Choice of words, we must use neutral objective POV words in this work you do. But this troubles me in the asme way that the military’s use of phrases like “collateral damaage” does.
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    Thus Dillon’s case had all of the troubling elements of abusive criminal cases:……Jonathan Turley.
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    It is of course proper, in view of his respect for the law and its processes that he write so. But can Prof. Turley let a bit more blood run through his writing in this case.

    He does so óften when writing about medieval islamic customes, etc.

    Just a suggestion

  2. Great story. This case is evidence that DNA testing should be a right for anyone who is accused of murder. The job of the prosecutor should be to find the truth, not to clear cases.

  3. The facts that JT gives us are damning enough in themselves.
    But where is the heartily expressed distaste for this implied wide spread malpractice and abuse of justice?
    And where are the faces of the abusers, their names, the responsible politicians should be also shown.

    Onlyshowing the victims face, which speaks a thousand words, is not enough.

    Put the others in the stocks and let them rest there along with their successors who have not done anything.

  4. Sadly the Florida bar is still desperately trying to preserve the ability of prosecutors to wrongfully convict, suspending lawyers or blocking bar applicants who have urged actual discipline for prosecutors whose misconduct results in a wrongful conviction. Thank God for DNA as eventually it will uncover so many of these wrongful convictions that bar associations nationwide will finally have to start holding judges and prosecutors accountable.

  5. Some prosecutors are bullies, having the psychological profile of those who oppress those weaker than themselves in terms of social power.

  6. The bully profile fits Zimmerman who is now claiming God’s plan was involved in the killing of Martin, to which Martin’s parents recoil:

    The parents of the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer rejected the shooter’s claim that the death was a part of God’s plan.

    In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity televised Wednesday, George Zimmerman said he felt the course of the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed “was all God’s plan.”

    “We must worship a different God,” Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, told The Associated Press. “There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son.”

    (Huffington Post). Many of the wrongful deaths and wrongful imprisionments are done by bullies who fancy themselves as being above the fray of justice, having God on Their Side.

  7. As long as police are pressured to “clear” cases no matter what the result and Prosecutors see their offices as career stepping stones, this will continue to happen. Criminal Justice in our country is a luck of the draw proposition, unless you are very wealthy.

  8. When surgeons screw up there is a board of review. An honest (mostly) effort is made to pinpoint the root cause and implement improvements to process or monitoring to reduce the chance of another screw up. In law no such effort is permitted. Many cases have clearly demonstrated common mistakes that should be corrected going forward but this is somehow considered impossible in the area of justice.

    We as a society obviously don’t care if people are wrongly convicted while the guilty go free.

  9. Some points here that cut to the chase. Judicial lynchings occur when the trial court does not employ exacting standards on the admissibility of evidence. Due process requires that a trial court impose those standards and then dismiss the case when the evidence is insufficient on any element of the crime. The judicial lyncing is approved by an appellate court that does not strictly apply the exacting standards of the United States Supreme Court in cases like Jackson v. Virginia and U.S. v. Timothy Leary. Yeah, The LSD Timothy Leary made it to the Supreme Court of the United States.

    The sufficiency of the evidence scrutiny requires the court on appeal to reverse the conviction and dismiss the charge where each element of the crime has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

    State appellate courts, Missouri is the worst example, walk away from the sufficiency of the evidence jurisprudence and adopt standards that are best described as: We know it when we see it. The case of State v. Samuel Freeman highlights this Unreconstructed approach by the former slave state to the 14th Amendment and its requirements of due process of law and a fair trial. The intermediate appellate court (Southern District Court of Appeals had reversed Samuel’s conviction on a sufficiency of the evidence analysis. That opinion is complete with citations to the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court cases, such as Leary and Jackson. The Mo Supreme Court reversed, citing no federal constittutional jurisprudence and instituted a review standard which is guaranteed to continue the proud history of judicial lynchings in the former slave state of Mizzoura. See: State v. Samuel Freeman, 269 S.W.3d 422 (Mo. Sup.Ct. Oct. 2008).

    The problem in the Country Singer’s case here occurred because a trial court did not require strict standards of proof and a court of appeals looked the other way. In the Freeman case, the author of the Southern District Court of Appeals decision is Judge Lynch. No one has succinctly described the problem confronted here as Judge Lynch does in the decision which freed Freeman:

    “The decisions we make daily are based upon facts that we can objectively prove to be true, facts that we subjectively believe to be true, or a combination of both. As intelligent and enlightened people, our society highly regards the use of reason and logic to objectively support a decision. Yet, we routinely make decisions when we do not have sufficient objective data available to us or we are confronted with data which cannot be objectively quantified. In those situations, we make the decision based upon what we subjectively believe to be true, relying upon the limited facts available to us, our intuition, and our feelings. Few of us make all of our decisions based solely upon what we can objectively prove to be true. Likewise, few of us make all of our decisions based solely upon what we subjectively believe to be true. One of the characteristics that make each of us unique is our individual decision-making comfort level located along the spectrum somewhere between these two extremes.
    For example, some completely reject spiritual matters because of the lack of supporting objective proof, while others base their spiritual beliefs, which they believe have eternal consequences, solely upon faith, which has been defined as: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (New International Version). Many base their spirituality somewhere between absolute objective proof and absolute faith.
    In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, because of the high value placed upon our liberty and seeking the benefits of both objective and subjective decision-making methods, we as a people agreed that the conviction of a crime requires both the presentation of objective evidence proving the charged acts and a subjective decision as to guilt by the finder of fact. This agreement – one of the cornerstones of our system of justice – is found in the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 10 of the Missouri Constitution – no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.
    Incarceration for any period of time deprives a person of their liberty and, thus, may only be constitutionally imposed with due process of law. Due process generally requires two steps as a precondition to incarceration – a fair trial, and a finding of guilt. These steps correlate to our two types of decision-making – objective proof, and subjective knowledge. First, in order to be a “fair” trial, the State must produce sufficient objective evidence from which any reasonable, rational, and logical finder of fact, be it judge or jury, could conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the acts for which incarceration is sought. Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 317-19, 99 S.Ct. 2781, 2788-89 (1979). Second, in finding a defendant guilty, the finder of fact must reach a subjective level of near certitude – knowledge beyond a reasonable doubt – that the defendant committed those acts. Id. at 315. Thus, a defendant’s conviction cannot constitutionally stand without both objective evidence of guilt being presented at trial and subjective knowledge of guilt being determined by the finder of fact.
    The latter part of the twentieth century and the dawn of the twenty-first century have brought with them the promise and reality of greater objectivity and certainty in the evidence used to identify perpetrators of crime. This has come about through the discovery of DNA and the unlocking of its properties to identify certain bodily cells and fluids as belonging to a specific person, if not uniquely, at least to a degree of probability beyond a reasonable doubt. Contrary to the impression given in most fictional television shows, however, DNA, while providing previously unknowable information, still has limits upon its ability to prove that a particular person has in fact committed a particular crime. In this case, we are required to explore and decide how our eighteenth century concepts of due process interact with our twenty-first-century knowledge and understanding of DNA evidence and its evidentiary usefulness and limits.
    Samuel Freeman (“Defendant”) claims that his due process rights were violated, in that the State, which produced evidence of the presence of miniscule amounts of his DNA at the crime scene, failed to produce sufficient objective evidence from which a reasonable, rational, and logical juror could have found that he committed the crime of murder beyond a reasonable doubt, even though a jury subjectively found him guilty of that crime. We agree and reverse his conviction.”

    Judge Lynch’s decision was reversed by the Missouri Supreme Court in a decision that is unintelligent but can best be described as “Unreconstructed”. Samuel Freeman rots in prison.

    Central to any discussion of a fair trial is the analysis described by Judge Lynch. States, like the former slave state of Missouri, appoint judges to their state Supreme Courts who are Unreconstructed– that is, they have rejected any constraint on state courts by the 14th Amendment and its applicability to state court criminal trials. The judges who remain southern in their roots need to be exposed and rooted out of office. That goes for all seven judges who signed off on the Freeman decision in the Missouri Supreme Court four years ago this October.

    I will listen to the country singer tonight. When he sings that anthem I will think about those 600,000 men and women killed in the Civil War. One result of the War was the passage of three amendments to the Constitution during the period of Reconstruction following the War. The 14th Amendment commands that all oligarchies be dismantled and all people be given equal rights and all people be given full due process of law– thus extending and expanding the due process clause of the Fifth to application to state courts. Florida is a troubled state and this case highlights the need to enforce the Commands of the 14th Amendment.

  10. No personal criticism is intended but:
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    “As long as police are pressured to “clear” cases no matter what the result and Prosecutors see their offices as career stepping stones, this will continue to happen. Criminal Justice in our country is a luck of the draw proposition, unless you are very wealthy.”
    by MikeS
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    Luck of the draw is understood by me as meaning that there exists a possibility that a person under police suspicion could get police and prosecutors not besullied by the faults mentioned here. From what has been shown in my short time at JTs, the likelihood would seem small.
    Thus we do not have equal justice in practice.

    The assurances of wealth, of great weight as some here say, would also exclude equal justice from fhe system.

    I assume MikeS agrees with this, but that is my conclusion.

  11. Thank you Barkin’.

    A good lesson for a layman, imo.
    Lynch’s decision/opinion was nullified by MO Sct. Yes?
    And nullification persists. Again comes the question, what can de done to counter the subordination inherent in a federalist system?

    The fourteenth COMMANDS, say you…..and who or what will enforce that command on sovereign states?

    Tangentially, the concept of trial entails it being an open publicly accessible process. Yes?

    Then Americans present in a battleground, now declared as the whole world, are subject to secret trials unknown to both the public and the accused. Remedy?

  12. “I assume MikeS agrees with this, but that is my conclusion.”

    ID707,

    more than agree with it, that was my point. to say that justice is about “luck of the draw” is to say it has nothing to do with the real evidence.

  13. Professor Turley says: Moreover, there has been no discipline of prosecutors or police responsible for these failures. There has not even been an inquiry into allegations that prosecutors threatened and coerced false testimony from witnesses. Once again, a state pays out over one million dollars and destroys a man’s life, but there is no serious inquiry into the wrongdoing of either investigators or prosecutors in the case.

    Here is the problem. Here is also the reason there can be no solution to the problem. Prosecutorial Misconduct is often an outright crime, but one has a terrible time trying to find a federal prosecutor willing to do something about it, and most of the time, immunity protects ALL THE WRONGDOERS, and forever.

    Just this week I brought a serious “prosecutorial misconduct” type issue to the attention of a Georgetown Law School professor who actually knew what I was talking about and believed me about what I said I could prove — he didn’t even want to see the papers because he said, “that sounds right; I spent 18 years in that agency and I know that kind of thing was a daily occurrence.” WHen I asked him what could be done about it he said, “Nothing, because in order for it to change, heads have to roll, and nobody will allow those heads to roll.”

  14. IMHO immunity itself is a criminal conspiracy. Who gave judge’s immunity?
    They gave it to themselves. Those same judge passed the immunity on to the only people that could hold them accountable. Police and prosecutors.
    It’s a symbiotic relationship.

    Anciently their was the Writ of False Judgment that often resulted in the loss of the head.
    There are some lessons from the past that should be relearned.

  15. In response to Idealist:

    The decision of Judge Lynch, on a panel of three appellate judges was over turned by the Missouri Supreme Court in that lame opinion which I cited. Now the defendant is faced with filing a habeas case in state court, exhaust those appeals, then file a habeas corpus case in federal court. There he might get a fair hearing on a federal constitutional fair trial issue under the 5th and 14th Amendments. A federal trial judge or a federal court of appeals could impose its will over a state court judgment in that sequence of trial, appeal, reversal in Mo.Sup.Ct, habeas in state trial court, appeal of habeas in state appellate courts, habeas in federal district court and appeal of federal district court in the United States Court of Appeals and thence the Supreme Court. A lot can rot on a person over those years.

    So, the federal courts do occasionally enforce the Commands of the 5th and 14th Amendment right to a fair trial upon the courts of the sovereign states. A state like Missouri laughs it off and takes a repudiation once in a great while and goes about its business.

    Just this week a new case was reported out of the Southern District Court of Appeals of Missouri. Here the Confrontation Clause is at issue although the appeals court never once mentions the Confrontation Clause, the U.S. Constitution, or one federal case involving the issues which are on the table at the U.S. Supreme Court each term and the subject of a blog called The Confrontation Blog by Professor Friedman. This is one of those cases where a child is interrogated by some so called child experts at a so called “SAFE” interview. The five year old says, according to the case worker, that grandpa touched her pee pee. They try grandpa in state court and put the kid on the stand to give her name and that is about it. She does not testify that grandpa touched the pee pee. Then they put on the child SAFE expert and go on and on about her qualifications to sort out the truth from children. And let the SAFE expert repeat what the five year old said two years ago about grandpa at the SAFE interview. The Court of Appeals affirms and ignores any “constitutional” challenge, upholds the admission of evidence on hearsay jurisprudence and cites a slew of Unreconstructed state court cases –but none from the federal courts. See: State v. Daniel Boone Wadlow, SD31448. Mizzoura is clearly Unreconstructed and the name of the defendant now serving time for a crime that is likely to have not occurred is apt for time frame of the judicial thought process.

    In a prior life this dog was a humanoid and a lawyer in Missouri. I was always ashamed of Dred Scott and Shelley v. Kramer and the slew of cases out of my state but this recent dive into the 19th century by the courts is shameless. By all means, if you are a young lawyer thinking about a practice in Missouri please fly over and flush but dont drop in. You wont get a chance to give your clients a fair trial.

    BarkinDog

  16. MikeS,

    Thanks. But you don’t see that I went you one better, I think at I did.

    I meant that you DO NOT have even the luck of the draw.

    IF as I feel is true, ALL prosecutors and police follow the goals of a common system. That is to say, least effort and max results in convictions. Justice be damned.

  17. Barkin’Dog,

    Very helpful to me both information wise and encouragement to my soul’s thirst for righteusness in mankind without a helping God. He can’t be seen today. But that was OT.

    To wit: the state’s INsubordination can be beaten, by a long process.
    And a key point: As I see it, you should be free on bail, where permitted, until the highest instance under appeal has found you guilty. IE, you don’t do time until they really have proved you guilty.
    Just as those sentenced to be executed are given stays from that, so should the incarceration be stayed under appeal.

    That was quickly advanced and would require some miracle to happen, BUT…..

    Meanwhile glad to be a ssrvice to you and us all to act as pupil in illustrating the many ills of the injustice system (as it works in fact).

    I note a pain in the heart of a justice lover. It is shared by many here.

  18. Missouri justice sounds like that once found (now?) in Virginia municipal speed traps. You confessed and paid cash without receipt or you spent some days waiting for trial. The income was divided between the police and the JP. Of course that is an early urban legend.

    We did not know what urban was in those days in the medieval past ca 1960. The VA HP had not discovered this gold mine and made arrangements with a court, nor the laws now used.

    And why did I say it MO resembled VA? Cause was trying to see the profit in being an unrecontructed
    system as in MO.

    Times get better, some fools say.

  19. The police should be prosecuted….. The retirement stripped if still alive…. The prosecutor’s should be disbarred as well as personally liable for any money that they unlawfully convicted person able to collect……

  20. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/07/13/516403/alabama-private-prison-debtors-prison/

    Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Hub Harrington
    In 2010, four residents of Harpersville, Alabama filed suit against several local officials and private prison company Judicial Corrections Services, alleging that they were illegally imprisoned in the Shelby County jail.

    The charges were alarming: the four inmates claim low income defendants are routinely denied adequate counsel, are not advised on their constitutional rights and — most egregiously — are saddled with outrageously high fines and bond rates that the indigent have no way of paying.
    On Wednesday, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Hub Harrington handed down his decision, and tore into the defendants:

    When viewed in a light most favorable to Defendants, their testimony concerning the City’s court system could reasonably be characterized as the operation of a debtors prison. The court notes that these generally fell into disfavor by the early 1800′s, though the practice appears to have remained common place in Harpersville.

    From a fair reading of the defendants’ testimony one night ascertain that a more apt description of the Harpersville Municipal Court practices is that of a judicially sanctioned extortion racket. Most distressing is that these abuses have been perpetrated by what is supposed to be a court of law. Disgraceful.

  21. In my litany of appeals and habeas corpus petitions set forth above, I omitted the defendant’s right to appeal to the United States Supreme Court directly from the highest court to rule on his case in his particular state (usually a state supreme court but sometimes like in OK an appellate court). He gets another shot at the U.S. Supreme Court after he exhausts his federal habeas corpus case in district court and his appeal thereto a U.S. Court of Appeals. Often, this long route is the only way the United States Supreme Court will entertain a criminal defendant’s right to a fair trial from a state court.

    Tonight, a free man gets to sing. Twenty seven years in prison. The state courts were lame. I note too, that this trial involved “hearsay of the dog”. This is a topic I discussed on this blog before.

  22. Raff,

    I bet a court will hold that the SOL has run…… But I’d argue that it does not begin to run until the disability is corrected……

    Leejcarrol,

    If you think of the advancements in technology and other losses he has been dealt a sort of death penalty……

  23. AY, Raff, the man was denied his LIFE INTEREST. The Constitution guarantees that we will not be deprived of property, liberty or life without due process of law. THere are property interests protected by our laws; there are liberty interests protected by our laws; but our laws do not protect our life interests.

    This is the “black hole” in American law into which all other massive bodies fall, because the gravity of this missing quantity is greater than any of the other considerations the millions of cases can display.

  24. From Dred Scott to Joshua DeShaney, we have ignored and converted and PERVERTED the life interest. Our country, ’tis of this, is the result.

  25. Appears to be a lot of disgust regarding the U.S. justice system. Me thinks the word justice is a misnomer. Legal system, okay. Justice, not necessarily.

    The case I lost was extremely insignificant by comparison. The documentary evidence I submitted in my defense, refuting the claims of the accuser, was blatantly evident beyond any doubt. The documentary evidence I submitted, that was impossible to deny, was completely ignored by the “judges.”

    My case wasn’t really anything. I only got fired then appealed the wrongful termination all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. I lost all the way.

    The point is, my case was extremely basic and the U.S. judicial system couldn’t even manage that.

  26. Matt Johnson, the US Judicial System DID “manage that.” They wanted to get rid of you and they did. That is judicial management, US Style. If you were the corporation, and the other side had sued YOU, they would have gotten rid of THEM for you.

    The Judicial system DOES WORK. It does exactly what it sets out to do. In the case of the wrongly convicted, it means to convict them.

  27. Malisha,

    I’m only an accountant. I have no doubt you know a lot more about this than I do. It was a learning experience.

    Fool me once, your fault. Fool me twice, my fault. Ask Bush Jr. if he knows how to pronounce that.

  28. Ay You’re right. it is certainly a death of a different sort, being deprived of not only liberty but the normal life events we all experience. Nothing can make up for that.

  29. BD, SHANO, MALISHA, MATT J.

    THANK YOU ALL. IT IS NOT A JUSTICE SYSTEM.
    AND IT WORKS AS IT IS INTENED TO DO.

    FRIENDS, don’t most of us hunker down in most of life’s situations, avoid getting the system’s eye on you, avoid giving offence, avoid everything in hopes of irritating the system. WHY? Caz we know that we will lose. The game is rigged. And everybody knows inside them that it is.

  30. Matt Johnson — you say you’re “only an accountant.” Well I’m not EVEN an accountant, and hold NO degree in anything. But I have been in a 35-year judicial corruption mess that was started by a litigious paranoid SUING THE JUDGE for giving me custody of my son. (Then he went on to sue 21 other people in 6 different states because he imagined they had helped me! He sued all my witnesses, all my relatives, and a bunch of unrelated people he imagined were part of this nefarious plot to keep him from being King of the Universe.) So I learned, as they say, in the trenches. But the most important element of this is that the judicial system is set up to protect itself, to sustain itself, and to satisfy itself. That is why, when a court makes decisions it knows must not become followable decisions, it simply declares them “unpublished” and moves on to corrupt other cases different ways.

    What we have is what we have earned as a society: a power base that gets as much as it can get from those to whom it does as much as it can do without risking any real loss of power.

    No different from Rome in the Year 32 A.D. and no different from other countries around the world now…just a different style and of course, different headgear.

  31. Malisha,

    Does that mean non-precedential?

    You’re not a lawyer? Apparently you have some experience in that area.

    I know from the appeals process that the “judges” protect each other, and they protect the prosecutors. It’s an open joke. If this keeps up for too long, they might get to eat cake. Of their choosing.

  32. Yes, Matt Johnson, I “have some experience” in the courts, but no, I am not a lawyer. NAL. Not a Lawyer.

    My experience in the courts resulted from the fact that when I divorced a guy I should never have married, he learned that in the domestic relations courts, you can go to court forever for “changed circumstances” and since he wanted to be supported for all his life (and was an immigrant who had gotten his citizenship fraudulently), he chose to sue me (and everyone associated with me) forever. When I ran out of money for lawyers I had to learn how to do that stuff and go to court for myself.

    The courts are corrupt. That’s the short story.

    The long story is longer than history. Not only do the judges protect each other, they do everything else that is presented in “I CLAUDIUS” or any other drama thing — you know that story even if you are only an accountant.

    I sure wish they’d eat cake some time soon — I’d bake it myself…

  33. “No different from Rome in the Year 32 A.D. and no different from other countries around the world now…just a different style and of course, different headgear.”

    It struck me on readíng this that judges and priests have several things in common:

    One, a visible one is this thing of robes. One can ask the question how many choir boys or how many law clerks can be hidden under them, at the same time?

    Secondly, both deliver judgements without much hope of successful appeal.

    Third, one declares his judgement as unpublished, and thus unaccountable; the other does it in his box and the penance is either of short duration or eternal.

    Fourth, the men are corrupt and the women a bit weird too.

    Fifth, all declare that they judge us in hopes of our salvation.

    Sixth, both receive funds, but only one brags about it even though no taxes are paid.

    Seventh, all rested and so shall I.

  34. Was your immigrant significant other Italian? That would explain a lot. I have a slight limp on the left, but it’s environmental, not genetic.

    The Italians think they’re better at it than the French. There’s a contest going.

    Give them Devils Food cake. With sour cream frosting.

  35. idealist707 1, July 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    It struck me on readíng this that judges and priests have several things in common:

    One, a visible one is this thing of robes. One can ask the question how many choir boys or how many law clerks can be hidden under them, at the same time?
    ==========

    You don’t even want to ask. Do you know how to notate something at the top of the page?
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    Secondly, both deliver judgements without much hope of successful appeal.
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    Better be careful where they put the judgments. Ask Monika Lewinsky.
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    Third, one declares his judgement as unpublished, and thus unaccountable; the other does it in his box and the penance is either of short duration or eternal.
    ====================

    What about the stain on the dress? I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky!
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    Fourth, the men are corrupt and the women a bit weird too.
    ==============

    Okay, see above.
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    Fifth, all declare that they judge us in hopes of our salvation.
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    God is Great.
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    Sixth, both receive funds, but only one brags about it even though no taxes are paid.
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    Who do you think you are? Don’t act like you’re Leona Helmsley.
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    Seventh, all rested and so shall I.
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    What are you going to do tomorrow?

  36. Matt J: Russian Jewish.
    But that’s not it. He didn’t dominate by fear; he pestered public officials until they did what he wanted; what do they care?
    Then they all had to protect each other from my trying to correct the situation.

    Acutally my ancestors came from the same place HIS came from; but mine weren’t nuts.

  37. Just proves Matts were and mine too.

    Genetics are pretty true to line, but sometimes you can get Napoleons hand which scratches your tummy all the time. Your great grandpa had it too.

    I’m going to bed now, Nighty night all. Will sleep to the sound of raindrops hitting the tin foil on my head—-actually the tin sheet on the window sill.

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