Tuesday, September 22, 2009

So, What is “is”?

Ah, Dear Gentle Reader(s), who will ever forget the immortal words of the President when he said, “It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is…”

Now we have a new phrase to contemplate.  Because of what a judge felt was some prosecutorial misconduct, she ordered a new trial for a defendant.  The prosecution is arguing that the judge should not grant a new trial because the testimony of the witness whose testimony was involved in the brouhaha was “truthful, but inaccurate.”

It’s a federal case.  The title of the article cited reads “Prosecutors defend false testimony as 'truthful, but inaccurate'.”  It’s fun to read.

Truthful but inaccurate.

Well, that lets the Bush administration off the hook for a great many supposed ills.  “What I said in court was truthful, your Honor, but a tad inaccurate.”  “When I spoke of weapons of mass destruction, I was being truthful, but inaccurate.”

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