Thursday, July 3, 2008

Dream: Double jeopardy

I came upon a stand full of people listening to an orator, who was declaiming against an elderly woman accused of a murder that had happened long ago. I interrupted her, but she continued speaking. I interrupted her tirelessly until I could finally say what I had to say and engage her in discussion. I pointed out that the woman, who was suffering from dementia, had already been tried and could not be tried again (although I was not sure in my mind of the outcome, that is, whether she had been found not guilty). My passions were high and people were listening to me, but I could not think of the term for a second trial (double jeopardy). My antagonist remained unconvinced, and the people looked torn, while the woman herself seemed confused. I was determined not to lose this argument.

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