"The accumulation of head injuries, clearly the first injury being the most severe, has affected Ed's functioning in the world," reads Hanlon's legal filing. "His social naivete and exuberance likely endeared him to people initially, helping him to become supervisor, but ultimately contributed to his downfall when more prudent judgment and impulse control were necessary."Boy, it really makes you wonder what lurking childhood traumas are plaguing the current crop of supervisors. There's a medical school dissertation to be had in Chris Daly alone.
Again, we are not legal experts here, but Hanlon's legal reasoning
appears to have as many holes in it as ... well, as Ed Jew's brain,
apparently. Did Jew's history of juvenile head injuries cause him to
delve into morally reproachable behavior when he was running his
private business, starting a family, and amassing enough wealth to own multiple Bay Area
homes? Or did he have a sudden onset of brain-bruising-related
criminality once he became a city supervisor -- at the tender age of 46?
way, we've got problems. If this is the first manifestation of Jew's
"trauma" -- well, that's a hell of a stretch. And, if not, then what was he doing running for elective office? Shouldn't Mrs. Jew
have tapped him on the shoulder at one point and said, "But Honey, what
about your brain?"
By the way, we can't bring this up enough: Jew
destroyed Gavin Newsom's candidate for D4, Doug Chan, who came fourth.
Come Friday, we'll see whether this brainy tactic sways U.S. District
Judge Susan Illston. Hanlon is asking for a 366-day sentence; the
prosecutors want a shade under five years. Illston, by the way, is the
judge that had been ruling on the Barry Bonds case until the Feds
abortively took their ball and went home. We're sure she'll knock this
one out of the park.
Finally, your humble narrator had a traumatic brain injury of his own at age 10 -- but takes full responsibility for this article.