May 19, 2009


Supreme Court sidesteps hate crime question

"Sidestep" suggests the court set about deliberately avoiding a difficulty. But in these three cases the facts were not sufficiently developed — there hasn't even been a disorderly conduct conviction yet — therefore the court determined the controversy to be "unripe."

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, on the other hand, does sidestep the language alleged to have been used by the defendants. The courts have no such compunction. So who's avoiding a difficulty here?

The newspaper, by employing euphemisms. Kind of ironic.

In the tradition of laws weren't always like this, share some of the jobs you had as teen that might have bent the idea of safety for minors a little.
If I had an account to comment, I'd share: "Copy editor."

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