Monday, May 04, 2009

Somedays you feel like an arrogant self centered shit, sometimes you don't...

Case in point: a weekend seminar (albeit at a community college) about Civil Rights Law. We only got into Due Process, one of the simplest and most fundamental concepts relating to civil liberties, towards the end of the second day....and the folks in the small group where we discussed due process rights didn't seem to understand that the Fifth Amendment has rights other than due process in it and, no, you can't use Double Jeopardy as an example of an infringement of your Due Process rights, and neither can you use the prohibition against self incrimination. Also, fourteenth amendment due process rights aren't infringed by illegal search and seizure....that's the fourth amendment. There's also a difference between fifth amendment and fourteenth amendment rights that you should know and understand...

Sometimes I sit here with academic books and think that I'm just kidding myself, that I'm just being an uptight elitist prick, but then disasters like the weekend seminar happen. Even the instructor was incompetent. I asked him to give an example of how a certain principle was used against women in the 19th century, and he not only didn't answer but when I asked again "But how does this relate to women?", he started giving an example, then stopped saying that the example didn't really fit what he was talking about, then went on to rehash the answer that he had given me the first time.

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