Apr 28 2011
Prof. Wexler chose Bryce Gray as the winner of this year’s Library poetry contest. Here is his winning entry – a poetic synopsis of Regina v. Dudley and Stephens, 14 Q.B.D. 273 (1884):
“Why Dudley and Stephens
Did manage to escape!
After their yacht sank
Off of the Cape.”
“Pray tell me, Sir,
Just how did they survive?”
“Why, they stabbed the cabin boy, Brooks,
and feasted on his hide.”
“How absolutely atrocious!
That’s murder, I’m sure.”
“Indeed the result is unfortunate,
But is it murder de jure?
They have killed poor Brooks,
No one doubts that it’s true.
But they’d run out of turtle,
Now, what would you do?”
“It matters naught whether
I’d choose my own life to protect.
The law is the law and”
It demands our respect.”
To read some of the other entries please click on the following:
Williamson v. Lee Optical Co., 348 U.S. 483 (1955) by Alex P. Garens
Regina v. Dudley and Stephens, 14 Q.B.D. 273 (1884) by Hyun Clive Lee
Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893) by Christopher Mireles
Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) by Scott Moore