Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Is it a little weird that, drawing on my medical history field from back in the day, I could have instantly figured out that a particular case came from the period between the two World Wars? Here's the first line of my brief notes for said case:

"Defendant was convicted for robbery with a firearm twice and once for stealing chickens, and under Oklahoma’s Habitual Criminal Sterilization Act he was sentenced to sterilization."

Bad times. (BTW, the Supreme Court threw out the law in 1942--on the thin grounds that grand larceny counted as one of the three [actually, 2] strikes, but embezzlement [basically the same crime in a different setting] didn't count.)

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