Two stories from the annals of Florida justice. In the late nineties, a judge removed custody of a daughter from the mother because the mother was a lesbian; the judge feared the lesbians would sexually abuse the girl. So he put her in custody of her father, a convicted murderer also charged with sex crimes. And it was sometime in this century that a jury acquitted a rapist on the grounds that a woman wearing a bikini and short skirt in the Florida summer was asking to be raped.
Yes, really. Those are both real.
There is no sex crime in this one, yet it seems to fit with the theme of “America’s wang” to consider that two pastors and a ninety year-old volunteer face prison time for the crime of feeding the homeless.
Arnold Abbott risks being fined $500 and spending time in prison after police officers apprehended him while he was handing out meals to homeless people in a park on Sunday.
He was arrested and charged along with two ministers from the Sanctuary Church, which prepares hundreds of meals to dish out every week in their kitchen, while onlookers shouted to officers “shame on you!”
Mr Abbott said: “One of police officers came over and said ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I was carrying a weapon.”
Every once in a while, it occurs to us that if Texas ever follows through on its childish secession threats, we ought to sit down at the table and deal: Fine, you can go. But you have to take Florida with you.
Yeah. That would start a war.