"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, June 06, 2008

Duty calls

Well, it's duty day for me, which means I field citizen and police inquiries, and the occasional question from a lawyer.

I just got off the phone with a lawyer who wants to know if our "office policy" would allow for the granting of transactional immunity to a defendant in a divorce case, who pleaded the Fifth Amendment in response to this lawyer's questions about the defendant's alleged adultery. If we grant immunity, he has to answer, and proven adultery has alimony and child custody ramifications.

I had to inform him that unfortunately our "office policy" doesn't cover giving immunity to parties in a divorce action for their amorous misdeeds.

Who knows? When all the murders, robberies, assaults, and drug cases are disposed of, we might really want to go after all the violators of Virginia's adultery statute, the violation of which is a class 4 misdemeanor, punishable by a tax fine of no more than $250.

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