by Max Brantley
It's open. Final notes:
* MILLION MAN MARCH: Wisconsin Democrats turned in 1 million signatures today for a recall election of the governor.
* THE TAX RETURN TANGO: White House is pressing Mitt Romney to release his income tax returns. He's already admitted he pays a lower tax rate than many Americans who work for far less money than Romney receives in investment income. His rate is about 15 percent, he avers. This reminds me. Arkansas went through a period of time — the Clinton years particularly — when gubernatorial candidates released income tax returns. I can't remember the last time a candidate released one. Can you?
* GUN IN SCHOOL: A Jacksonville High teacher was arrested today for having a handgun in school. It was discovered when students saw another student take the gun from the teacher's purse.
* WEST MEMPHIS THREE COMPLAINT: Mara Leveritt tells me a Connecticut lawyer has filed a complaint with the lawyers' regulatory agency in lawyer complaining that two lawyers who had knowledge of potential juror misconduct in the 1994 murder trial of Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin should have immediately reported that knowledge. They learned of it through communications with a client and have said they were bound to confidentiality by attorney-client privilege. The Connecticut lawyer, Bruce Matzkin, contends that Llloyd Warford and Gina Reynolds were professionally and morally bound to speak up, particularlyin a capital case. Matzkin successfully sued a former employer for wrongful discharge after he reported another lawyer's unethical conduct.
* A EULOGY WORTH READING: A friend pointed me to this remembrance of somebody I'd never heard of and I'm sorry I never met — Bob Meyers. He was fired as a faculty member at Harding University in 1960 for pushing for integration as well as a list of other "unsound" ideas, such as being open to the notion that the story of Jonah in the whale might have been metaphorical. A conscientious objector in World War II, he served as an Army reporter rather than combatant. After leaving Harding, he continued to teach in Kansas and write and evolve as a religious thinker. Most interesting.