Crime and Punishment
Good news, Californians! Our state may be a shambles, debt-ridden and stuck in an endless political quagmire, but Arnold Schwarzenegger has just signed a bill that makes it safe to organize March Madness pools in your workplace:
The new law changes the penalty for participation in a non-commercial or an office "sports betting pool" from a misdemeanor, punishable by fines up to $1,000, to an infraction, punishable by a fine not to exceed $250.
Since we're so fond of naming laws after people, I think we should call this one Margaret's Law, after Margaret Hamblin, the 76-year-old grandmother who was busted in 2006 for running a $50 football pool at an Elks Lodge. She was fined $130 and had her fingerprints and mug shot taken after she was cited for running a betting pool.
But no longer! We're free of the jackbooted tyranny of the office pool gestapo! Surely marijuana legalization can't be far behind?