Saturday, March 17, 2007

Shakespeare Lives!

Today's Washington Post reports on a "trial" of Hamlet. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy -- an originator of the idea of this event -- presided.

Suppose Hamlet had lived, and was put on trial for the murders in the play. What would be the defense? Insanity. "It became, oddly enough, the prosecutors' job not to attack the defendant as much as to hold him up as a complex and eloquent figure." The jury tied 6 to 6. See:

Prince Hamlet's Poetic Justice
Top lawyers and psychiatrists stage mock murder trial of Western literature's most scrutinized hero.
Peter Marks

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