Dean of law

It happens to every lawyer: you find yourself in an argument with an Honours graduate of the Facebook College of Law – sometimes your own client, sometimes a self-represented litigant – who clings to an incorrect legal argument because he saw it on TV or on Twitter or something.  No matter what you tell him, it’s a lost cause – he just will not be moved, no matter how clearly you try to inform him otherwise.  (As Ed Koch allegedly said, “I can explain this to you. I can’t understand it for you.”)

Why, hello there, failed 2004 Presidential candidate Howard Dean. We were just talking about you:








If Dean was saying the First Amendment shouldn’t protect “hate speech,” or that freedom of expression isn’t so uncompromised in most other countries (including Canada) that would be one thing.

But that’s not what he’s doing. Regardless of what American lawyers and American courts actually say, he’s insisting that his interpretation of the First Amendment is correct, and he won’t hear otherwise.

The way he’s clinging to this reminds me of former London mayor Ken Livingstone’s insistence on taking every opportunity to argue that Hitler was a Zionist.  But, hey, at least the blinkered Dean never became President. Can you imagine if the most powerful man on earth were an ignoramus who absolutely refused to ever admit his mistakes or listen to people who actually know what they’re doing?

The mind boggles.

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