Archive for February 2007

The Dirty Little Secret of Every Courtroom Is That Every Witness’s Memory is a Leaking Sieve or Shifting Sands or a Shaky Pastiche, the Scooter Libby Trial’s Included

“Scooter” Libby’s defense is that he forgot and thus did not intentionally commit perjury and obstruct justice.
Such a defense won’t look good on his corporate resume, but believe me, it’s high time somebody in high places confessed to just how unreliable human memory is and made it stick.
In fact, the more we learn about our [...]

A Blog for Brainy People Is, I Suspect, Like a Favorite Off-the-Beaten-Path Eating Hole: You Only Drop In When in the Mood. So, Here’s a Reprise for When the Mood Strikes You

A reader in North Carolina writes:
I still believe in “significant coincidences,” which were demonstrated—once again—by a death in the family that brought me to Ohio for a week. As I woke up this morning, I ended up browsing issues related to my Web site and found your blog posting of the poem I had sent [...]