"The video reflects current felony ASA Katya Pisman grabbing and then subtley
scratching Deputy Hager's arm in a manner inconsistent with a purely professional relationship."
In reading the motion, and in particular the "scratching" allegation, we were immediately transferred back to our Constitutional Law class, when the professor, discussing the "appealing to prurient interests" definition of pornography, provided us with a definition of prurient.
We now turn to our faithful blog readers- the Word of the Day Guyz- who answered our email on this subject:
"Heya Rumpole- thanks for the shout out. This is an easy one:
Prurient: Etymology: Latin prurient-, pruriens, present participle of prurire to itch, crave; akin to Latin pruna glowing coal, Sanskrit ploṣati he singes, and probably to Latin pruina.
Definitions include: marked by or arousing an immoderate or unwholesome interest or desire; especially : marked by, arousing, or appealing to sexual desire .Uneasy with desire; itching; especially having a lascivious anxiety or propensity; lustful; arousing or appealing to sexual desire."
Call on us anytime.
Word of the Day Guyz. "
Rumpole says: As we suspected and remembered, there is an "itching" component to one who has a prurient interest, and somehow it just fits in the motion's description of the ASA scratching the arm of the deputy in a manner that was "inconsistent" with a purely professional scratching. What exactly is a scratching that would be consistent with a professional relationship? Is it Justice Ginsberg asking Justice Scalia to "scratch my back" during a lull in oral arguments at the Supreme Court?
In any event, it's been forever since a fetching young ASA scratched us in a manner that was anything other than malicious.
See you in court with this itch that we just can't reach......
COMING TOMORROW: JACK BLUMENFELD NO HABLA ESPANOL- AND WHY THAT AFFECTS ALL OF US.