Patterico's Pontifications

7/4/2007

Copy Editor Needed

Filed under: General,Humor — Patterico @ 2:29 am



From the L.A. Times:

“He sticks to his guns because of his commitment to a notion of leadership that says leaders don’t waiver,” said Bruce Buchanan, a University of Texas political scientist who has followed Bush’s career.

This reminds me of a story my wife told about taking a plea from a minor in juvenile court. When prosecutors take pleas, they must advise the defendants of their rights (such as the right to a jury trial, to confront and cross-examine witnesses, to remain silent, and to put on a defense), and ask them if they want to give up those rights to enter the plea. Some D.A.’s ask if the defendants want to “waive and give up” those rights. My wife asked that question, and the minor lifted up his hand and literally waved — and gave up his rights.

Bye-bye, rights!

This is why I just ask defendants if they “give up” their rights. For one thing, I hate redundancy, and for another, I don’t like to repeat myself. So if I have to choose between asking them if they will “waive” their rights, or if they will “give up” their rights, I’m going with the one I know they’ll understand.

That’s my position, and I will never waiver.

10 Responses to “Copy Editor Needed”

  1. Patterico:

    This is why I just ask defendants if they “give up” their rights. For one thing, I hate redundancy, and for another, I don’t like to repeat myself. So if I have to choose between asking them if they will “waive” their rights, or if they will “give up” their rights, I’m going with the one I know they’ll understand.

    Didn’t anybody else get it?

    Dafydd

    Dafydd ab Hugh (445647)

  2. I was waiting for the rimshot……

    gahrie (de5a83)

  3. I’d say you’re being niggardly with your choice of words, but that would be racist, right?

    I'm Geekier (12dd25)

  4. That’s my position, which I will never waiver.

    AF (4a3fa6)

  5. If I get my hands on those conservative bloggers that killed the immigration reform bill I’ll strangle them with my bare hands…. like this.

    Buzzy (9d4680)

  6. Cr*p wrong thread.. sorry

    Buzzy (9d4680)

  7. Buzzy, that was funny on the other thread.
    But it’s even funnier here! LOL

    no one you know (b1a462)

  8. Pretty sure most of us got it, Dafydd….

    I have the same sense of humor. I’m sure my son will love that in the coming years as I use it around his girlfriends.

    Andy (f6452e)

  9. LOL!

    My former boss was counseling a client on the way to their no-fault divorce hearing. He said, “Just say yes three times,” you know, to the three stock questions. Finally in court he asks her the first question.
    She answers gamely, “Yes, yes, yes.”
    Second question.
    “Yes, yes…yes”?

    Everybody laughed and he took a moment off the record to confer with his client.

    Patricia (824fa1)

  10. it’s real simple: the spell checker passed right by waiver, because it’s a real word, properly spelled. This is what happens when your copy editor is a computer.

    Dana (556f76)


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