Everybody does it? More like, everyone will do it in the future, now that King Clinton says it's OK.

In ancient times, standard measurements were based on the king's own body, such as the distance between his elbow and middle finger. The measure would change with each king. King Clinton now asserts this principle as his legal defense. As king, it is he, not the court or the grand jury, who decides what questions are appropriate and must be answered truthfully. And as king, it is he, not the common usage of the people, who determines what words shall mean.In my experience as a trial attorney, few people testify in court because they want to. They are subpoenaed and required to testify, under oath, about things they would just as soon not talk about. Under King Clinton's legal system, they won't have to if they don't want to.

King Clinton's insidious use of terminology may be the most arrogant and abusive conduct in the whole mess. He claims personal definitions for his words that the rest of the country must adopt because he says so. Under King Clinton's legal system, people can utterly and intentionally mislead the courts and grand juries by applying unique definitions to their own words.

President Clinton and his defenders assert a puzzling defense; i.e., that it was not illegal, and thus OK, to lie to the court and the grand jury because his testimony was about private matters; but anyway, using his definition of the terms, he did not lie. If this is the new standard that will apply in executing the laws, we no longer have a functional legal system.

Jonathan Neville

South Jordan