11 July 2005

An interesting statute:
§ 22.1-142. There shall be set apart as a permanent and perpetual fund, to be known as the "Literary Fund," [funded by] . . . (v) all fines collected for offenses committed against the Commonwealth. The Literary Fund shall be invested and managed by the Board of Education as prescribed by § 22.1-145.
So all those times I've urged judges and juries to go for a fine rather than imprisonment I've actually been helping school kids. I'll have to remember to point that out the next time the judge is about to send my client to jail. "But think of the children your Honor. You're not only harming my client and his family, your denying books to school children.."

Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.

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