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An Ode to Patrick Fitzgerald

File:Patrick Fitzgerald.jpgEver felt the urge to out-do the Bard and spell out your love of…justice? To pen a short missive about the importance of…the rule of law? If so, I have found the idea for you.

I have a new plan: to write Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the Special Prosecutor, poems. Once a day, I will compose a work of verse—such as this one, based on the rhythm-and-blues song “Let the Good Times Roll”:

“Let The Indictments Flow”

…Come on baby, yes, we’re in a crisis
This is something we just can’t miss
Come on baby, let the indictments flow
Flow all night long

Come on baby, I know this is zany
This is the moment to stop Dick Cheney
Come on baby, let the indictments flow
Flow all night long

Maybe I’m just punchy from finally getting a decent night’s sleep, but this idea cracks me up.

Don’t actually send them to Fitz, though, because he’s very busy and inundating the poor man with poetry seems…well…wrong, frankly, given the amount of hours he already puts in working through legal memoranda and all. I’d hate to be the reason for even more late night pizza orders, all in the cause of verse.

But for a Saturday morning exercise in amusement, I thought this idea would crack everyone else up as well. And perhaps inspire. So, if the spirit moves you, feel free to share with the rest of us in the comments.

Pens at the ready…

UPDATE: Oh, this is hilarious. Guess who got his hands caught in the lying and suborning perjury cookie jar? None other than Ken Starr. (via Rising Hegemon) People wonder why we find integrity in government so refreshing? Perhaps because it’s become so difficult to find.

Ahh, the delicious smell of irony in the morning. Remember the Clinton years when Ken Starr railed on and on about the integrity of the legal process? When Republicans in Congress were all incensed about lying to the American public? It seems awfully old-fashioned now, doesn’t it?

NOTE: In re-reading the MSNBC/AP article on Ken Starr, this might be a case of an overly eager private investigator — but as an attorney, you have a responsibility to ensure integrity of the process, meaning Starr and his co-counsel had the obligation to be certain that the statements and signatures were accurate before making representations about them. I look forward to following developments on this one — should be interesting.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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