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Issue: "Money to burn," April 15, 2000


Daron Malmborg's choice of a Salt Lake 2002 Olympics vanity license plate. For 11 months, Mr. Malmborg tooled around his hometown of Riverton, Utah, with the plates on his truck-then he received a letter from the state ordering him to turn in the plates or lose his vehicle registration. When Associated Press reporters got wind of the story and called the Utah State Tax Commission for an explanation, the community relations director quickly backtracked. "Thanks for bringing it to our attention," said Janice Perry Gully. "We're going to revoke the letter."

I'm not sure why the Constitution of the United States ... should be affected in any way by what foreign courts have to say about their constitutions.

Former federal judge Robert Bork, on a frightening written opinion by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in a death-row case; Mr. Breyer suggested that the United States should take constitutional guidance from decisions by the Privy Council of Jamaica, the Supreme Courts of India, and the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. Mr. Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate, which deemed Mr. Bork too extreme to serve on the high court.

It's like a kangaroo court here today.

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Moore Township (Pa.) patrolman Ricky Knecht, on the minor disturbance caused in Northampton County Court by Hope, a 2.5-pound baby kangaroo stashed in the knapsack of a witness in a trial.

I don't like being known as the girl who goes to the school with a gay club.

Emily Burningham, 15, of El Modena High School in California, where a federal judge forced the school to allow a Gay-Straight Alliance Club to meet.

I still think in this day and age, there should be something in our structure that does protect from this, because we're losing the sense of family, the sense of commitment, the sense of long-term relationships.

Lawyer Diane McDonald, who represented a North Carolina man who won a $500,000 judgment against the man who had an affair with his wife and destroyed his marriage.


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