Posted by Hazel Stone | Filed under Idiot Legislation
Everyone’s heard of the archaic laws that remain on the books for decades, only seeing the light of day again when some enterprising legal secretary digs them up in the wee hours of the morning over musty coffee and ferro-concrete ex-doughnuts. “Brilliant!” proclaims the junior partner, dozing the entire time on the leather sofa in the corner, who then proceeds to take full credit for the discovery, resulting in a senior partnership promotion for him and a $1.25/hr raise for the secretary.
Sorry, wandered off there.
Anyway, a resourceful cuckold in Mississippi has dug up one of these ancient, creaking bits of legislation, and has managed to shake 3/4 of a million dollars out of the pockets of the man who wooed and won his wife. The Mississippi Supreme Court just upheld the financial award, and his last appeal was declined by the US Supreme Court.
The article doesn’t specify, but this particular law has to date from the time when wives = property, ie. your favorite mule for plowing the south forty. It just boggles the mind that a 21st century court would consider this within their purview at all.
Not saying the adulterous cow shouldn’t be smacked for carrying on with her boss, getting preggers by him, passing the baby off as her then-husband’s, etc. But it shouldn’t be a court’s place to do the smacking.