If, as expected, President Obama names me as the next raging liberal activist judge on the U.S. Supreme Court, I will immediately push for a new "Mulligan Law," which would give every first-time fuck-up a second chance.
What's got me thinking about this is the story about an April 29 incident where a Russian-born British art-world socialite named Galina Rusanova became "incoherent and disruptive" on a United Airlines flight from L.A. to London. According to the Chicago Tribune, she was "apparently woozy from a
combination of pills, alcohol and lavatory hand soap, allegedly tried
to bite a flight attendant in the leg."
Who among us, at one time or another, hasn't overdone it with the hand soap?
And look at the picture of the woman! You're going to give her 20 years?
very intelligent, charming woman," said her attorney, Matthew Erickson.
"This comes as a shock to her. … Her mistake was to mix prescription drugs with alcohol. After that, all bets were off."
Isn't it punishment enough to poor Galina that for the foreseeable eternity, any booze, pill, soap-induced ankle biting incident will be referred to as "doing the Rusanova"?
I say, let her off. (Even if you have to pry her.)