Sunday, 1 June 2008

The witch is dead, but it wasn't murder

Dorothy GaleImage via Wikipedia

The jurors were not exactly her peers, however. Sixth-graders in Valley Glen argued the case of the County of Oz vs. Dorothy Gale, in which the Kansas farm girl was tried for the water-melting murder of the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy was found not guilty of premeditated murder.

Los Angeles Times

The case uis being discussed on alt.obituaries, where my submission, made on an amicus curae basis, was that Dorothy was the duly deputised agent of the chief magistrate for the jurisdiction of Oz, who killed the Wicked Witch of the West (WWW) as she was resisting arrest. Dorothy used reasonable force (some water) and could not reasonably have foreseen the result to be fatal.

But there were other, dissenting, opinions presented.