Monday, December 06, 2010

We Knew Him As Simply "B.J."

This gentleman is a blast from the past -- he was at St Andrews with me years ago. And he's still trying to become a Tory Member of Parliament! He must have shaken the hand of every person in England by now.

I remember that he claimed to be descended from Judge Jeffreys, the notorious hanging judge of the "Bloody Assizes" during 17th century England's tumultuous swing from monarchy to republic and back again. Jeffreys left no male heir, but his indelible mark on history impressed even U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who has cited Jeffreys as an example of an 'extremist.' And if anyone should know about Judges Gone Wild, it's Scalia. (After all, he has to sit beside Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito and the worst of them all, Ruth "Grisly" Ginsberg!)