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Follow the Cheese



Herald columnist Jim DeFede's odyssey across the United States as he delivers the Virgin Mary cheese sandwich to Las Vegas.


Tuesday, November 30, 2004

A Key Court Ruling 

While in Austin, the VMGCS made a surprise appearance before the Texas Supreme Court.

An old friend works for the court and asked me to bring by the VMGCS so his coworkers could see it. When I arrived, they gathered around and debated its meaning. Many were skeptical.

I asked how many people believed it was the Virgin Mary? No one raised their hand.

I then asked how many people could be certain it is not the Virgin Mary? Only one person said they were certain, the rest said nothing. "You can't really know for sure," one woman said.

Some of them then gathered around to have their pictures taken with it. One woman noted that a recent visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia didn't create nearly as much buzz in the building as the VMGCS.

Indeed, the way the folks at the Texas Supreme Court reacted to the VMGCS was no different than how the gang at the Yellow Rose strip club had reacted 12 hours earlier. Except at the Supreme Court, everyone kept their tops on.

Just before I packed up to leave, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jeffferson strolled by.

"Hi Chief," several of the court workers said nervously, not knowing how he might react to having the VMGCS ten steps from his office.

The Chief Justice leaned in, took a look and said: "Wow."

As far as I'm concerned that is an official legal opinion from the highest court in the state.

posted by Jim DeFede at 5:39 PM



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