Englishman jailed for blogging for 89 days in downtown LA. It’s amazing how bureaucratic inter-agency jurisdictional nightmares like this never happen to bureaucrats. (Via Instapundit.)
There’s a plug for Catholic Charities. They’ve got a lawyer program called the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, which is apparently trying to help foreign folks in trouble. (Mostly Hispanic folks, as you can tell from the name, but other folks too.)
Once the poor guy got in touch with them through the chaplain’s office, a lot of the red tape went away and he got out.
There was a really disturbing article the other day about how many jurisdictions are charging extra fees on all sorts of court-related stuff, including charging people a fee to get a court-appointed lawyer. This article claims that a lot of people inside LA’s jail system go hungry, with extra rations for sale to those with money. Sounds very Newgate Prison to me, and not in a good way. Sounds pretty corrupt, in fact.
Jails and prisons should be Spartan, sure, but nobody should be going hungry. Everybody should know how long they’re going to be there. The way they’re running things in LA is obviously not working in any way.
1. Yay for Ohiolink! It’s here! Both volumes! They seem pretty sturdily bound, so I won’t be afraid to photocopy whatever’s needed. Gryson includes more in the way of section numbers and sentence numbers, so that it will be easier for people to quote Beatus and find quotes from him. This is a Good Thing.
2. Forewords with all kinds of manuscript discussion: French. They take up about a quarter of the first volume, so I’m sure there’s a lot of meaty information. The table of contents is at the back of Volume 2, as is the European style. There’s also a table of scriptural citations, another of non-scripture quotes, and another of the illustration pages.
3. Beatus text: in the original Latin. Critical apparatus: tons more of it.
4. Footnotes for quoted sources: at the very bottom of the page, and in Latin. Unfortunately, the way they’re set up typographically, the footnotes are very difficult to parse out at a glance. Maybe I’ll get used to the format, but right now I’m having difficulties. (Possibly it’s the house style or a French format.)
5. Illustrations seem to be all black and white reproductions, unless there are color plates I’m not seeing. They are nice, but rather small. In the case of diagrams and tables, they are too small to make out, which doesn’t seem useful.