The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



Do Not Call List:  Larry Bodine checks in on the PMForumNA listserv to remind you to register your cell phone number on the national Do Not Call list so that your precious billing minutes don't get sucked up by telemarketer calls. It's truly painless, and takes about 30 seconds to do (I just did it) -- call 1-888-382-1222.Angry_cell

Andy Havens chimes with an update: "The 'Do Not Call' number Larry lists is real, and works, and will put your number -- either landline or cell phone -- on the registry, and certainly doesn't hurt. But currently it is illegal to telemarket to phones where the called-party pays the bill. Which is almost every cell phone in America. There is currently no legislation in the pipe that would change that. In fact, there is legislation pending that would allow cell phone users numbers to be in the 411 database, but would prevent callers from hearing (or seeing, in the case of caller ID) the number while being connected. So you could call 411 to be connected to my cell phone, but never actually know my number. Congress is erring on the side of caution. For a change."

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your "common scold" bit brought back fond memories. i live/work in monmouth county, nj, and know the judge and knew the "common scold" and, believe me she was one! over a few [ too many ] drinks one night she was telling us that upon her conviction she was going to insist upon the common law punishment - dunking! we all volunteered - to her face - to perform the punishment on her.
it made for a lot of laughts, and in the judges chambers, for a lot more.

oh, yes, this was the same prosecutor's office that spent public money [my taxes] to indict a mental patient at the local mental hospital for sodomy on a cow!
i aske the prosecutor what was going to be his opening statment "...moooo-ooooo-oooo!!!..."

aren't our pubic guardians wonderful!

Posted by: brian boyle | Dec 17, 2004 2:33:54 PM

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