Friday, June 22, 2012
Quote of the Day
"This is not what lawyers and judges do. Lawyers and judges deal with the real world. They deal with murder and greed and rape; they deal with enhanced interrogation and brutality and gruesome wounds; they even deal with vaginas (unlike some legislators these days). It is their responsibility as professionals to deal in a mature and straightforward manner with all sorts of unpleasantness. A lawyer representing a person accused of child sexual assault cannot refuse to confront the allegations because they make him squeamish. Like a doctor treating a mutilated child, they have to deal with the world as it is. Especially in a First Amendment case, lawyers and judges have to be willing to say the words out loud, even if it makes them uncomfortable. To do otherwise is to deny the realities of the case before them. It is to put their own sensitivities above their obligations to their clients and to the law. It is, in short, unprofessional."
-- University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey R. Stone on the fact that in a ruling yesterday in the FCC v. Fox Television Stations obscenity case, the justices of the Supreme Court refused to write out the actual on-air profanity that had been at issue, instead resorting to "f***" and "s***"