The Law: Sitting on Principle

"All rise," said the clerk, calling for the traditional gesture of deference to a judge. But the defendant, Steven Stalonas, stayed put. He handed the judge a two-page letter explaining that "My intent is not to act contemptuously toward you. We are equals, you and I, created of one overriding intelligence that dictated our differences as well as ordained our common humanity. If it is to the institution of the court that you bid me rise, then I say that I cherish courts of justice in so far as they serve important human needs. I cannot cherish them in and of...

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