DURST: Take Backs

The defense for Louise Woodward said the strategic decision to let the jury consider only a first or second degree murder charge in the death of 8 month old Matthew Eappen now "can be seen as a mistake," and they want the judge to consider a manslaughter charge that they earlier eshewed. Get it: they want take-backs. What a brilliant concept. Adopting a third grade playground concept to law. Much better than the old seventh grade two-out of-three tactic most failed attorneys use via the appeals method. I think a large percentage of us would like to incorporate this new responsibility avoidance theory in everyday life.*"I know I closed down a strip bar and drank most of a half gallonof vodka then drove off an embankment plowing straight into a tree, but now I'd rather I had spent a quiet evening at home watching Ken Burns' magnificent production of "Lewis and Clark". *"Sure, I might have fooled around a little earlier in my life, but for crum's sake, why should my high handed moralizing now have to bear up to my sordid past especially since I'm President"? *"Okay, okay, so I tell jokes in bars; why does that mean I can't become America's most beloved author of love sonnets?" Oh, that Will Durst should ever hear, a poem as lovely as a beer.

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