October 05, 2004

Country Joe and the public defender

I always look up to my grey-haired hippie elders, especially when they're senior p. d.'s like Barry Melton of Country Joe and the Fish, now chief p.d. in Yolo County, California:

"My office handles 10,000 cases a year, so in some way I'm involved in the entire gamut of antisocial behavior from driving without a license to first-degree murder," he observes."

Vicariously, I think he means, but ...

"I've been doing criminal defense work for the 22 years that I've been a lawyer," he says, numbering five of those as the pubic defender for Mendocino County."

I watched the movie "Woodstock", so I can't be sure whether or not that's a typo.