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RoeChild-1 and RoeChild-2

are two of the anonymous plaintiffs in the latest Pledge of Allegiance case. Is it just me, or does RoeChild have a vaguely '70s California crunchy granola softfuzzyrock feel to it? I could see John Denver or James Taylor or maybe Cat Stevens singing about RoeChild.

It helps that RoeChild-1 is a pantheist, though it would have been even better if she were a Pan-theist. And on top of that, Daddy Roe's objection — which is perfectly consistent with the Court's Establishment Clause caselaw — is that he "has been made to feel like a 'political outsider'" by the recitation of the Pledge. Feelings, nothing more than feeeeeelings . . . .

On the other hand, RoeChild-1 and RoeChild-2 are more Brave-New-Worldy, maybe with shades of THX 1138, no?

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My recent RoeChild post reminded me of this item that I discovered about 12 years ago, and blogged about two years ago:

MEET XERXES XOE: Most people are familiar with habitual litigant John Doe; I'm told that he's the grandson of the noted author Anon. Richard Roe is pretty common, too. Paul and Paula Poe occasionally make an appearance, for instance in Poe v. Ullman, the 1961 case challenging the constitutionality of a ban on contraceptives. (That case was dismissed on procedural grounds, though the issue reappeared in the Court in the famous 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut case.)

Less well known, though, are their cousins, who are listed in the caption of Friedman v. Ferguson, 850 F.2d 689, 1988 WL 68404 (4th Cir.). Here's the whole thing:

Wilbur H. FRIEDMAN, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Thomas B. FERGUSON, Director, Department of Animal Control, a state actor, in his official and individual capacities; Brett Boe; Carla Coe; Donna Doe; Frank Foe; Grace Goe; Harry Hoe; State Actors, Advisors To Defendant Ferguson, In Their Official and Individual Capacities (identities currently unknown); Marta Moe; Norma Noe; Paula Poe; Ralph Roe; Sammy Soe; Tommy Toe; Private Individuals Who Conspired With the Foregoing State Actors (identities currently unknown); Roger W. Galvin, Chairman, Animal Matters Hearing Board; Vince Voe; William Woe; Xerxes Xoe; Members of the Animal Matters Hearing Board, State Actors, In Their Official and Individual Capacities (identities currently unknown), Defendants-Appellees

As you may have guessed from this post's title, Xerxes Xoe is my favorite, though Tommy Toe and William Woe are pretty good, too. Keep them in mind for your next frivolous lawsuit. (For the serious ones, John Doe #1-50 tends to be seen as a titch more respectable.)

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