April 05, 2004

Swerve For the Border

by Nick Morgan

I'm sure there are lots of reasons one might want to become a prosecutor--to put dangerous people behind bars, enjoy the histrionics of trial practice, or wield the awesome power of the state. But one rarely mentions the privilege of channeling the public sentimentality of criminal justice--a perk that Kurt Klomberg appears to have enjoyed while prosecuting a mother for having her children blow into an ignition-lock breathalizer because she was too hammered to drive. To drive to Taco Bell, that is:

    The nature of this crime is grotesque . . . . Those lives could have ended because their mother, the person they trusted the most, had the munchies.

I don't mean to downplay the gravity of the crime (and I've publicly argued that DUI enforcement should be stepped up) but something about the image of being drunk and hungry for a mexi-melt doesn't exactly inflame my moral indignation.

(Link from the Obscure Store.)

April 5, 2004 07:55 PM | TrackBack

"(and I've publicly argued that DUI enforcement should be stepped up)"

Good for you! I'm ashamed to admit that I've only been able to bring myself to privately argue for DUI enforcement to be stepped up... usually in a closet or the bathroom.

Posted by: Brian at April 6, 2004 09:36 AM

"in a closet" eh? Well, all "closet advocates" eventually come out, so there's hope for you. :)

Posted by: Nick Morgan at April 6, 2004 09:43 AM
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