A humorous brief to the U.S. Supreme Court filed last week invokes Stephen Colbert's concept of "truthiness" in a defense of the right to tell fibs about elected leaders.
Penned by lawyer Ilya Shapiro on behalf of the Cato Institute and satirist P.J. O'Rourke, the amicus brief, written to defend against an Ohio law criminalizing inaccurate political speech, was dubbed the "best ever" by the legal-minded website "Above the Law."
The oddball legal document defends lies as "a key part of political discourse," and hammers home the point with an early footnote stating that the filers, "their counsel, family members, and pets have all won the Congressional Medal of Honor."More »