Thursday, December 25, 2003

No Joke! 37 Years After Death Lenny Bruce Receives Pardon

New York Times

"The governor said the posthumous pardon — the first in the state's history — was 'a declaration of New York's commitment to upholding the First Amendment.'

'Freedom of speech is one of the greatest American liberties, and I hope this pardon serves as a reminder of the precious freedoms we are fighting to preserve as we continue to wage the war on terror,' Mr. Pataki said in a statement.

Being dead, Mr. Bruce is not expected to reap any immediate benefit from the pardon."

A little NY Times humor at the end there.

Posthumous pardons open up a whole big can-of-worms. I'm sure there are more than a few black people in the 18th century that were convicted of something akin to "being black in public." They deserve to be pardoned too. It might be tough to cover everybody.

But I think I have a solution: pardon all dead people. Won't hurt anybody. Do it for the holidays!

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