Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Fine Art of Passive-Aggressive Jurisprudence

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Last July I wrote about a high school teacher in the Tucson area who was brought to trial on a charge of littering in the desert. It was a case that the government was not eager to present because the teacher, Daniel Millis, was not littering - and everyone knew it. He was actually doing something so heinous as to seemingly upset the balance of power in the free world - and he had to be stopped!

Daniel Millis was (and hopefully still is) a foot soldier for a humanitarian organization called No More Deaths, a group that tries to intercede and save the lives of struggling migrants as they walk across the Sonoran Desert seeking work in the United States. Daniel's crime was carrying water to the thirsty. He had placed twenty-two one gallon jugs of water out in the desert along trails often used by the migrants as they cross into this country. Ironically, he was also picking up litter as he left the water jugs.

But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could not let his Christian acts go unpunished, so they fished around for a crime to fit the good deed and came up with littering! Daniel declined to pay a fine for littering, and was subsequently hauled before a Federal Judge in July. The Judge heard the case, and then being cognizant of the serious split in public opinion over the matter, took it under advisement.

But now the verdict is in. Yesterday, in one of the most passive-aggressive judicial decisions in modern memory, the Federal Judge who heard the Millis case made a desperate attempt to have his cake and eat it too. He ruled that Daniel Millis was guilty - and then that same Judge promptly suspended any sentence! He did the crime, but he won't do the time - so sayeth the Judge!

Christian charity may be illegal, but at least no one is going to get crucified for trying to save lives!

Godspeed, Mr. Millis. Godspeed!

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