Thursday, July 30, 2009

The simile defense?

This is quite possibly the stupidest thing I've ever heard any lawyer, real or fictional, say:
Barrett’s comments were taken out of context, said his lawyer, Peter
Marano.

“Officer Barrett did not call professor Gates a jungle monkey or malign him
racially,” Marano said. “He said his behavior was like that of one. It was a
characterization of the actions of that man.”

Yeah. I don't even know how to make fun of that, since it pretty much makes fun of itself. What can I add? Anyway, here's his precious context:
In Barrett’s e-mail, which was posted on a Boston television station’s Web
site, he declared that if he had “been the officer he verbally assaulted like a
banana-eating jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC
(oleorosin capsicum, or pepper spray) deserving of his belligerent
non-compliance.”

Barrett used the “jungle monkey” phrase four times, three times referring
to Gates and once referring to Abraham’s writing as “jungle monkey
gibberish.”

Not really sure how putting it back in context helps here....

(Excerpts are from this CNN story.)

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