Apparently the people of the United States are tired of the U.S. government ganging up on its citizens. Though selective, juries and voters have been handing big defeats to the politicians and bureaucrats.
Case in point: “Roger Clemens acquitted of all charges in federal perjury trial” For more details, see LegalInsurrection.
We just wish Martha Stewart had had that jury, which clearly was not in favor of harassing famous people. Certainly the public hasn’t held her troubles against her – only the government.
Case in point: John Edwards also acquitted. Sure, he’s a sleazebag, but a criminal? His law career was worse than what he did on the campaign trail, and that was legal.
Case in point: not yet in court, but could be soon — Lance Armstrong. How can oxygen, if given, be considered “doping.” Where is the line between working out and taking vitamins and minerals and “doping”???
An interesting item in Wikipedia on the history of doping, or taking performance-enhancing substances:
“Texts going back to antiquity suggest that men have always tried to work harder or at least suffer less as they were doing so. When the fittest of a nation were selected as athletes or combatants, they were fed diets and given treatments considered beneficial. For instance, Scandinavian mythology says Berserkers could drink a mixture called “butotens”, perhaps prepared from the Amanita muscaria mushroom, to increase their physical power a dozen times at the risk of insanity”
Anyway, the Bear who has become a Bull (see earlier post) may be right – something may have changed for the better in our society. Juries getting sensible.
Maybe we’ll all become more civil, too! Woo Hoo!