Tuesday, January 31, 2006

It's illegal to break the law.

While I'm sure this will be observed by countless others, I can't let it pass.

A high-profile arrest was made at the U.S. Capitol tonight:
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Tuesday in the House gallery after refusing to cover up a T-shirt bearing an anti-war slogan before President Bush's State of the Union address.

"She was asked to cover it up. She did not," said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman, adding that Sheehan was arrested for unlawful conduct, a misdemeanor.
That's the charge? "Unlawful conduct"? Isn't that sort of implicit and therefore redundant and therefore ridiculous? When was the last time someone was arrested and charged with lawful conduct? I'd like to read the statute in question here. "It shall not be legal to do that which is illegal," perhaps.

(Do not confuse recognition of absurdity with support or approval of Cindy Sheehan. There is none of the latter here.)

If any lawyer would like to explain why this isn't ridiculous after all, I'd welcome the clarification.


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