a novel legal defense
By Diogenes (articles - email) | Jun 30, 2010
After a bizarre traffic incident that led to his arrest, and an even more bizarre appearance in court, a Massachusetts man objected vigorously when someone questioned his sanity. The accusation apparently centered on a claim that the defendant, Alejandro Serra, had identified himself as the Apostle Alexander.
“Pope Alexander, not the apostle Alexander; get it together,’’ shouted the outraged defendant.
While skeptical of his claim, we can appreciate Serra’s frustration. Eight Roman Pontiffs have taken the name Alexander. There was no “Apostle Alexander.”
It was not entirely clear whether Serra was claiming that as Pope, he was exempt from prosecution under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act. If so, the court was not persuaded. Serra was assigned to psychiatric care.
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