Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Heard Tell About An American Solomon

Many years ago, a coworker told me about a judge back home.  Back home for that coworker was Montana or one of the Dakotas or maybe Nebraska -- I do not recall which.

It seems that a high school girl had born a child out of wedlock sometime in the 1960s or the 1970s.  She went to court to demand child support payments from the father.  The father enlisted six of his buddies to testify that they all had had sex with her.  In a time before the advances of molecular biology and genetic testing, the boys insisted that there was no way to determine who really was the father.

The girl and her family were devastated by the lie.  However, that judge had been around the block once or twice.  He ordered each of the boys to pay one-seventh of the child support until the child's eighteenth birthday.  They could pay up for what they had confessed in court, or they could confess that they had perjured themselves in court and face those charges instead.

That judge was an American Solomon in my book.

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