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There’s a Word for That

Prison inmates in British Columbia, Canada, are allowed a limited amount of personal properties in their cells, but educational textbooks don’t count toward the limit. So when inmate Ken MacKay was denied a thesaurus on the grounds it was not educational, he filed suit. A federal judge has ruled against the prison. “Why was the thesaurus not considered an educational textbook?” Judge Sean Harrington wrote in his decision. “Without doubt it is educational. In my opinion, the decision was unreasonable.” (RC/Canadian Press) ...It took a couple of weeks, but MacKay declared the judge’s ruling was significant, important, meaningful, substantial, seminal, ground-breaking, precedent-setting....
Original Publication Date: 12 September 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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