Abbreviated again this July 4. (Happy Independence Day, everyone!).
First, however, a well-worth-reading NY Times editorial excoriating the mal-named “Defense of Marriage Act.” This sums up my feelings, too, about this law:
The Defense of Marriage Act was enacted in 1996 as an election-year wedge issue, signed by President Bill Clinton in one of his worst policy moments. Any Congress with a real respect for personal freedom would repeal it. That, of course, does not describe the current Congress, where many members talk a great deal about freedom but apply it mainly to businesses and gun owners. With legislative repeal not on the horizon, the best hope for ending this legalized bigotry is with the courts.
Second, also on the editorial page, an “editorial annotation”: — “The D.A. Stole His Life, Justices Took His Money“:
In an important prosecutorial-misconduct case this term, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority threw out a $14 million jury award for a New Orleans man who was imprisoned for 18 years, including 14 on death row, for a robbery and a murder he did not commit. One month before John Thompson’s scheduled execution, a private investigator discovered that prosecutors had hidden evidence that exonerated him.
A sad tale of where this conservative majority has taken us. This is a consequence of unethical (not to mention illegal) prosecutorial conduct coupled with the “qualified immunity” with which prosecutors act. At times, I think this Court will be viewed by future generations in the same class as the Courts that decided Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson.
Finally, again from Sunday’s The NY Times, for those of us caught up in pre-release Pottermania, two items:
- A nice piece jointly authored by the Times‘s premier movie critics, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, entitled “The Fans Own the Magic,” presaging the July 15 premiere of the final, last, ultimate, never-to-be-succeeded Harry Potter movie installment.
- Linked to from that story, Alan Rickman’s (“Severus Snape”) touching farewell letter to Harry Potter.
A single studio session, with some good standard poses.