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Thursday, March 28, 2013


Bad cases spawn bad laws, no exception here. The thing that is most troubling is that no one else in the immediate vicinity of this transgression has either confirmed or denied the allegations. If these guys were so disruptive that a person a row and three seats removed could hear the jokes, then someone else heard them too.
I come from the military school, which believe it or not is far more stringent against such activity. I was part of a 100 person unit, 25 who worked for me, and we were all in a geographically separated region. If you didn't get along, and if you weren't committed to the task, then things devolved quickly. With that said, you praise in public reprimand in private and you never reprimand a peer's subordinate - you leave it to that person's supervisor. Richards crossed a line, and paid a dear price. Was it fair, no, but as JFK pointed out life isn't fair, so get over it and get on with it. Bad cases spawns bad laws, lets hope no laws are generated from this case.


What you say is very reasonable, but just to be clear, my criticism is focused on the the subsequent threats to Richards and her employer.

One small point of difference, I wouldn't place much weight on the lack of supporting condemnation from nearby attendees. I'm too familiar with group dynamics to use that as a significant indicator of how disruptive the comments were.

On the other hand, from what I've read recently, the jokes sounded relatively benign--a little childish maybe--but I do wonder if there was some oversensitivity involved. I think it's fair to make a distinction between matters of social decorum and threatening or hostile jokes. I wouldn't want to see the limits of decorum entirely defined by the sensibilities of the most sensitive listener.

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