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Well, you'd better get used to that one: The woman slapping the hell outta the man and him going to jail for deflecting the blows. Not to say this is always, or even often the case, but it's worth considering.
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In one case, they were stepping off the curb out into the street to look into my window. Seemed a little hazardous at the time. I'm just glad I was wearing pants.
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And by your reasoning, the police should use any excuse they can come up with to detain and question you, on the off chance that statistically you will be a dangerous criminal. After all, in your minds, the ends justify the means. In fact, if the police want to pull you over and question you, they pretty much have carte blanche. They can claim you crossed the center line, were weaving, taillight out,…
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As you'll read in my other comment to UKWP, my slavery comment was in response to your assertion that just because something is currently legal, I should "get over it". If the people always just did what they were told by the authorities, and no dissent was allowed, where would we be?
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You may not like it, but when someone tells me (as WarCry did) that I should "get over it" because it's "been proven legal", it is a legitimate response for me to make the comparison. Things are proven to be legal until they are deemed to be illegal - and vice versa. Calling me ignorant doesn't change the fact that my response to Warcry's "get over it" was justified.

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Vilsack subpoenaed in suit filed against late blogger Breitbart

4 months ago Associated Press

Ag Secretary fired employee after recorded remarks surfaced on conservative website

From Associated Press:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been subpoenaed in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod filed the lawsuit against Breitbart and his colleague Larry O'Connor in 2011, a year after Breitbart posted an edited video of Sherrod, who is black, supposedly making racist remarks. She sued Breitbart, O'Connor and an unnamed defendant for defamation and emotional distress after USDA officials asked her to resign and the video ignited a racial firestorm.

It later came out that the video had been edited and Sherrod's words had been taken out of context and were an attempt at racial reconciliation.

Lawyers for Sherrod and O'Connor said Friday that they had subpoenaed Vilsack for deposition earlier this week. They did so after U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said in a hearing Monday that Vilsack's testimony could speed up the conclusion of the case. The USDA referred calls to the Justice Department, which did not respond to a request to confirm that Vilsack had been subpoenaed.

When Sherrod's full speech to an NAACP group earlier that year came to light, it became clear that her remarks about an initial reluctance to help a white farmer decades ago were not racist but an attempt at telling a story of racial reconciliation. Once that was obvious, Sherrod received public apologies from the administration - even from President Barack Obama himself - and an offer to return to the Agriculture Department, which she declined.

Sherrod's lawyers have been pushing the government to release more documents and emails in an effort to get more information on her ouster. At one point, the judge said that deposing Vilsack, who has said he alone made the decision to seek Sherrod's resignation, might be a quicker route to the information.

The case is one of the first high-profile federal lawsuits to test bloggers' freedom of speech rights, and large news organizations including The New York Times Co., The Washington Post Co. and Dow Jones & Company have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the suit.

Breitbart died unexpectedly in 2012, but his wife, Susannah, has been substituted as a defendant. Sherrod's lawyers say the unnamed defendant is the person who they believe passed the video on to Breitbart, though the person's identity remains unknown.

Sherrod's lawsuit says the incident affected her sleep and caused her back pain. It contends that she was damaged by having her "integrity, impartiality and motivations questioned, making it difficult (if not impossible) for her to continue her life's work assisting poor farmers in rural areas" even though she was invited to return to the department.

Lawyers for the bloggers argue the blog post was opinion and did not defame Sherrod.

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