So a lawyer walks into a bar… Strike that. A lawyer walks into a courtroom and refuses to recite the Pledge Of Allegiance. A lawyer in Tupelo, Miss., was thrown in jail Wednesday for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance in court.
I was frankly unaware that there were jurisdictions that required court attendees to cite the pledge. Silly me. High School classrooms, sporting events and KKK rallies but a courtroom? Needless to say, finding an attorney in contempt for refusing to regress to high school and recite was a judicially boneheaded and “un-American” move by the presiding judge. He must have been doing some early work on his future campaign for elected office when Constitutional Law was being taught at his law school.
Lawyers often give up a lot of things when they walk through those hallowed doors to appear before the bench. Dignity, truth, ethics and emotional control are often surrendered. One thing we do not surrender is our First Amendment Rights which includes the right to choose not to say the Pledge Of Allegiance.
I wonder if he issues bench warrants at ball games for people who do not participate in the National Anthem or God Bless America. I will avoid sitting next to him when I have hot-dog in mouth.