October 2nd, 2008

tom welling amused

Snagged from around the flist

As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, please feel free to take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun!

Go forth, and edumacate!

I'm going with Miranda vs. Arizona, the decision resulting in every person who is arrested being read what is now known as their "Miranda rights".

Took this description from Wikipedia:

Miranda v. Arizona (consolidated with Westover v. United States, Vignera v. New York, and California v. Stewart), 384 U.S. 436 (1966), was a landmark 5-4 decision of the United States Supreme Court which was argued February 28March 1, 1966 and decided June 13, 1966. The Court held that both inculpatory and exculpatory statements made in response to interrogation by a defendant in police custody will be admissible at trial only if the prosecution can show that the defendant was informed of the right to consult with an attorney before and during questioning and of the right against self-incrimination prior to questioning by police, and that the defendant not only understood these rights, but voluntarily waived them.
tom welling amused

VP Debates

While I wait for Smallville (only another 20 minutes left), I would like to reflect on the Vice Presidential Debates.

I have to be honest ... I wasn't expecting much of Sarah Palin, especially after all her interviews. I have to admit that she surprised me. She stated off a lot stronger than Joe Biden. I think that Biden came up quickly though.

This debate was a lot more friendly. I really felt both candidates were more respectful to one another. Sarah Palin was actually much better than John McCain, in that aspect. Barack Obama was very respectful in the first presidential debates and Biden continued that trend.

Biden, who everyone thought would shoot off his mouth, was very reserved. I have to say, that man is a charmer. Barack Obama is charismatic but I can realize that Joe Biden is a charmer. He does have a nice smile ... it's really genuine. I know that's irrelevant but I do think that Obama-Biden will help restore diplomacy and the U.S. position in the world.

This was an even debate. I'm looking forward to the next presidential one. :)