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Illiteracy is no defense

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David Bisbee
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I read the story this morning about Benton County Judge David Bisbee's defense against ethics charges that included disclosure of his apparent inability to read well.

There's a poignant story there, I thought. Also a paradoxical one, in that I recalled Bisbee's advocacy for punishing school districts that inflate grades (high grades for students with low standardized tests scores).

The Iconoclast isn't much of a mind to be sympathetic.

Bisbee claimed under oath he can neither read nor write, which explains much about his tenure as Chairman of the Legislative Joint Budget Committee, but since when is that an excuse for breaking the law, especially in Benton County. This is the home of English Only Everything with no quarter for those who cannot read nor speak it. Okay, I admit it, they do cut some slack for the Teabaggers on spelling.

Bisbee's defense is even better than the Twinkie Defense, and former Congressman, Impeachment Manager, and Homeland Security Drug Czar Asa Hutchinson presented it to the Benton County jury with a straight face. I had a flashback to the defense crafted by Charles King, attorney for Pro-Bowl former UA football player Gary Anderson, who had no problem with reading a playbook but apparently had enough difficulty reading his $1.375 million contract with the Tampa Bay Bandits that he was able to get out of it and sign a better one with the San Diego Chargers. So much for that UA education.

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