Sunday, November 4, 2007

On November 4, ...

... 2005, 25-year-old Afghan poet Nadia Anjuman died following a beating at her home in Herat, for which both her husband and mother were arrested. It was believed that her family was angered by the publication and popularity of her poetry, about love and beauty. "The United Nations condemned the killing" of Anjuman (left), the Associated Press reported, seeing in it a "symptom of continuing violence against Afghan women four years after the fall of the Taliban."
... 1986, voters ousted 3 Justices of the California Supreme Court in a recall campaign that targeted the Court's record of reversals in death penalty cases. The 3 were Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird (below) and Justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin. The latter 2 became law professors; as posted, it's been my privilege to serve on the same faculty as Cruz these last several years. Bird, the 1st woman ever to serve on the state's highest court, had marked her 50th birthday just 2 days earlier; days later, asked how she was taking the defeat, Bird quipped, "Just like a man." She did volunteer work after her ouster, and died in 1999 from breast cancer complications.

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