Should civilians get medals?
November 15, 2012
This Gen. David Petraeus thing got me thinking. Wouldn't it
be nice if in the civilian world we got medals for our endeavors? I'd wear them
on the left side of my suit. There'd be a service ribbon for endless weekends
in the office, a bronze-looking gavel for the trial that shaved years off my
life, a badge for having suffered insufferable opposing counsel, a couple of
oak clusters for meritorious service, and maybe a silver anchor signifying
master lawyering. Why, when I walked into a courtroom, boardroom, barroom or
bathroom, people would know something about this admiralty lawyer, right?
OK, so maybe medals aren't coming to lapels anytime soon, but
I wonder whether Petraeus and crew know about the civil remedy of alienation of
affections? That's a cause of action allowing a party to sue the person who
interfered with his or her domestic relations. Not every jurisdiction allows
such lawsuits, and they tend to be rare birds. Still, Holly Petraeus might want
to ask her local attorney whether she has grounds for a lawsuit against the
bicep-curling author Paula Broadwell.
My opinion about this circus? Back in law school I watched the
Dean duck and weave hanger-on students with grace. She likely knew full well the
problems that could ensue from such fraternization. So it strikes me as
incredible that the commanding officer of soldiers in the line of fire and the
helmsman of this country's spy agency both allowed themselves to get tangled up in
this nonsense. Writing letters to a
family court judge over custody issues? Gmail accounts? Come on.
Underway and making way.